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EDITORIAL: Governor Brown to State GOP: Help me serve my "stale Twinkies"

While Governor Jerry Brown views passing off his suggested tax hikes to voter approval as "letting the people decide," LA Republican Examiner's John Stammreich compares it to serving up stale twinkies for dinner and letting the family "decide" whether or not to eat them.

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OPINION: Report: What does it really cost to run California’s prisons?

KALW News reports that Governor Brown's new budget wants to take millions out of the General Fund and give it to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to cover previously unaddressed shortfalls. A report by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, though, has called into question whether these funds will be enough and what is being done to prevent future shortfalls in the department's budget.

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OPINION: Public Employee Union Benefits Are a Fiscal Disaster

U.S. News and World Report's Mortimer Zuckerman details the ticking time bomb set in place by the ever increasing financial burden of public sector pensions.

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OPINION: Dan Walters: Just the facts on Californians' tax burden

Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee explores the question of whether or not Californians are overtaxed.

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OPINION: How much does California owe?

Joe Nation of the SF Gate breaks down the details on how California's debt reached $265 billion.

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