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Lawmakers hail budget

A surplus?

With California cutting more than $40 billion from its budget these past two years, lawmakers welcomed a balanced budget from Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday, the first balanced budget many lawmakers in Sacramento have ever seen in their time there.

Even Republicans praised Brown for reining in spending but there are still some key sticking points such as the governor's plan to shift education funding to poorer schools that have both Democrats and the GOP concerned.

Local Officials Pegged for Key State Committees

California Senator Leland Yee and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin announced this week they have been named to statewide committees on important issues.

As 2013 begins, California's state government is getting organized and picking representatives to serve on many of its key committees and commissions.

Local representatives such as California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) announced this week that they have both been named to several of these important task forces.

OP-ED: A new day at the state capitol

Politics has been called the “art of the possible,” yet for too long at the state Capitol, bipartisan progress on the state’s intractable problems has been elusive. However, with a historic 2012 election cycle, the political planets have aligned to create an extraordinary opportunity to improve governance in the state of California.