Julie Small Sacramento Correspondent
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Julie Small covers state government, prisons and the California Supreme Court for Southern California Public Radio.
Before joining KPCC, Julie spent 7 years as the deputy foreign editor for Public Radio’s critically acclaimed "Marketplace." She helped shape the show’s coverage of Asia during China ascendency and India’s growing economic influence. She was the Los Angeles producer of a two-week live broadcast from China in 2006 and produced some other series on counterfeit goods, and the effect of the Iraq War on European-US trade relations. She also produced the "Marketplace Morning Report" for a stint.
Small is a former staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She's also reported for NPR, "The California Report," and "Weekend America."
Small earned her master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication.
In 1996 she helped launch a national campaign for redress for Japanese-Latin Americans interned by the U.S. government during World War II. The group won a settlement from the U.S. Department of Justice in 1998.
When she’s not walking the halls of the state capitol, Julie spends her free time enjoying life with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, but she misses her home town of Los Angeles.
Stories by Julie Small
It didn't take Wall Street long to react: last week California's controller began printing IOUs to pay some of the state's bills. KPCC's Julie Small says that today a major credit rating agency downgraded the state's debt.
The California Controller’s Office began printing IOUs this afternoon in Sacramento so the state government can pay its bills. Controller John Chiang says without a balanced budget, there’s not enough cash on hand – so he had no choice but to go to IOUs. KPCC’s Julie Small watched as the promises to pay rolled off the printers.
California’s budget deadlock has forced the state to pay its bills with IOUs starting today. By the end of the month the state plans to issue $3 billion in IOUs &ndash most to local governments. That could compel municipalities to get by with money they borrow elsewhere. Controller John Chiang cautioned that the IOUs will make that harder to do.
KPCC’s Julie Small reports that the California’s Pooled Money Investment Board has voted 2-1 to set a 3.75 percent interest rate for IOUs the state will issue to certain businesses, agencies, and individuals. The Board set a maturity date of October 2 of this year, meaning the state would have until then to make good on the IOUs.
The state’s paymaster in Sacramento says there’s still a chance he won’t have to hand out IOUs to pay California’s bills. But Controller John Chiang says the governor and state lawmakers would have to agree on a balanced budget today.
State lawmakers failed to pass a budget last night... or even a series of stop gap measures that could have kept the state from having to issue IOUs to pay some bills. KPCC's Sacramento reporter Julie Small joins Steve Julian on what happens next to California's $19 billion deficit.
Tonight's a big deadline for state lawmakers. If they don't pass a budget tonight, the state controller will have to issue IOUs. KPCC's Kari Moran spoke with state capitol reporter Julie Small about the deadline and its consequences.
California is just days away from running out of cash to pay its bills. That means the state government would have to issue IOUs. The state legislature could avert that scenario by passing a budget that plugs a 19-an-a-half billion-dollar deficit — and it’s got to be a budget the governor will sign. KPCC’s Julie Small reports.
The State Senate today approved a package of bills designed to help close the state's budget deficit. The Assembly approved the bills last night. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with State Capitol reporter Julie Small about the package and why the governor is threatening to veto it.
For a decade, California has been under a federal court order to improve medical care in state prisons. A few weeks ago, the federal receiver overseeing that effort said the job was almost over. The state was ready to spend $2 billion to build a couple of prison hospitals. Once that was done, the receiver would go away. But now the governor has rejected the deal. KPCC’s Julie Small reports what happens next is anyone’s guess.
California's Republican lawmakers defeated a Democratic budget bill that would have cut $11 billion from state spending. The vote, although not surprising, doesn't bode well for a quick budget fix this year.
Sacramento lawmakers hope to vote on a budget revision this week to close the state’s multi-billion dollar deficit. Whatever the outcome of that vote, advocates for children say the youngest Californians are sure to suffer from a lack of health care coverage. KPCC’s Julie Small reports.
The nation’s credit rating agencies are weighing in on California’s fiscal crisis. Standard & Poor’s put the state on credit watch earlier in the week. Today, Moody’s did the same. KPCC’s Julie Small reports the warnings from the bond rating agencies ratchets up the pressure on state lawmakers to pass a budget quickly, and in the right way.
The University of California Hastings College of the Law was the state’s first law school. It’s been turning out legal talent for more than a century. Notable grads include district attorneys, top defense attorneys – and a former state Supreme Court justice. That’s why it came as a shock to California’s legal community when Governor Schwarzenegger said he wanted to cut all state funding for Hastings. KPCC’s Julie Small has the story.
Democrats in the state legislature revealed their budget proposal today. Their package of cuts, taxes, and fancy accounting plugs the state’s 19-and-a-half billion dollar deficit – and builds a $4 billion cash reserve. The Democrats plan to put the bill up for a vote next week. But as KPCC’s Julie Small reports, they’ll have to a lot of negotiating before then.