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FBR_Open_Golf.jpgBeginning next week, state Controller John Chiang has said he will begin issuing IOUs use "payment deferrals."* And Thursday's court decision to allow furloughs means next Friday could be a mass day without work for the state's workforce.

Rightfully so, the focus in the Capitol has been all budget, all the time.

But today marks a different deadline under the dome. It's the last day for lawmakers to submit bill requests to the Office of the Legislative Counsel -- the Legislature's lawyers who draft the bills.

Meanwhile, the California Republican Party is headed to Arizona.

No, the state GOP hasn't given up on the Golden State. But the Republican Party hosts a fundraiser in Scottsdale, Ariz., this weekend, raising money from donors at the FBR Open.

That's one way to get around Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed golf tax.

Top donors are asked to fork over $10,000 for a "Skybox Pass" to the golf tournament and two nights stay at the local Fairmont.

What is a skybox doing at a golf course? Clearly, you've never seen the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, where a stadium surrounds the green and boos rain down on bad shots.

Here in Sacramento, area Rep. Doris Matsui will speak to tonight's Business Awards dinner sponsored by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.

During the day, the Public Policy Institute of California hosts a discussion about the state's fiscal future -- and the results of its latest poll.

The noon discussion will feature Mark Baldassare, the PPIC president; Craig Cornett, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's budget director; and H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger's Department of Finance.

BIRTHDAY: This Sunday may be the Super Bowl. But it's also the 56th birthday of Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto.

*CORRECTION: The original version of this post said that Chiang would be issuing IOUs next week. That is incorrect. Chiang has said that he will use "payment deferrals" to conserve money, instead.

Photo: Associated Press / The Arizona Republic, Charlie Leight



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