Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AM Alert: Capitol money trees are blooming - Sacramento Bee (blog)

VIDEO: Dan Walters says it seems members of the Assembly are always changing their votes. Find his daily report here.

As the Legislature powers through its last three days of business, Sacramento's money trees are in full bloom. Eight fundraisers are on the docket today at restaurants around the Capitol -- you can hit them up for breakfast, lunch and dinner -- and a ninth takes place at the Walnut Grove home of former Assemblyman Rusty Areias and his fund-raising wife Julie Sandino. That one benefits U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

PENSION POW WOW - The pension reform deal Gov. Jerry Brown announced yesterday gets vetted today by the CalPERS board, which meets by teleconference. Keep an eye on our sister blog, The State Worker, for updates.

MISSION TUITION BREAK - University of California students are holding a press conference at UC Irvine today to call on legislators to pass Assembly Bills 1500 and 1501, which change corporate tax structure to fund college scholarships. "Due to the highly anticipated mid-year tuition increase of 20.3 percent, middle class students and their families need this break more than ever," says a statement from the UC Student Association. "We are encouraging students and their families to call their Senators and demand passage of the Middle Class Scholarship Act." 

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