News on the beast that is the state budget has been coming in fast and furious and frankly I'm still trying to make sense of it all.
To that end, I thought Friday's This Week in Northern California provided a good rundown of just where we are in the process and what's at stake. Panelists were Jill Tucker, education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Sarah Varney of KQED News, and Jesse McKinley, the San Francisco Bureau Chief for the New York Times. They talked about the choices the state is facing and the drastic cuts that Governor Jerry Brown is calling for in higher education and Medi-Cal.
For an even wonkier look, Friday's Capital Notes podcast with KQED's John Myers and the L.A. Times' Anthony York delved into the nitty gritty of the politics and policy behind the debate.
For a simple look at what's on the budget-balancing table, the Sacramento Bee has posted a slideshow that outlines the different cost reductions and tax extensions Brown has proposed. The paper has also put together a timeline that will follow the process over the course of 60 days, which is Brown's unbelievably ambitious goal for sealing a deal.