Amid the ongoing — and occasionally tense — debate over how to clean up California's budget mess, lawmakers have taken time out to tidy something else almost as unmanageable: our language. This morning, the Assembly approved a ceremonial resolution turning the first week of March into "Cuss Free Week."
...To keep folks honest, Portantino is handing out no-cuss jars to all 120 legislative offices in the Capitol — and to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Every time a naughty word slips out, a few coins get dropped in.
On Friday, legislators announced that they'd found $1.5 billion in budget cuts.
That leaves $18.5 billion to go... Almost all the savings resulted from one bill that replaced the state’s existing tax on gasoline with a new one. The new tax siphons a bit more than $1 billion in revenues that used to go to local transportation.
Executive Summary: another Blue State, another fiscal disaster.