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Groups eye additional “sin tax” revenue

Groups eye additional “sin tax” revenue

. Is a tax on cigarettes a revenue raiser or a “sin tax” — used to discourage individuals from using products considered harmful? The effort to raise taxes on cigarettes – there is a measure in the Legislature as well a ballot initiative moving through the process — often directs new revenues toward specific purposes. […]

Unlawful immigrants rush for CA drivers licenses

Unlawful immigrants rush for CA drivers licenses

Feds fluster Brown on Delta pump plan

Feds fluster Brown on Delta pump plan

. Gov. Jerry Brown suffered another setback in his effort to gain the upper hand over California’s persistent drought. New details on alterations to his massive pumping plan, which would change the way the Delta region distributes the water that flows into it, revealed major changes that have aroused major opposition. In a harsh editorial, the […]

Uber expands CA access despite fines

Uber expands CA access despite fines

Bill gives illegal immigrants access to Medi-Cal

Bill gives illegal immigrants access to Medi-Cal

. California Democrats have ramped up their push to extend health benefits to in-staters who immigrated unlawfully. High-stakes legislation Sacramento Democrats have advanced a piece of legislation, authored by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, that would grant access to Affordable Care Act benefits to unlawful immigrants. SB4, which would open up Medi-Cal enrollment, cleared the Assembly Health Committee on a party line vote, drawing a few […]

CA sardine fishing ban: Did regulators wait too long?

CA sardine fishing ban: Did regulators wait too long?

. The federal government’s emergency moratorium on sardine fishing off the California and Pacific Northeast coast took effect July 1, in a major blow to commercial fishing operations, which directly and indirectly sustain thousands of middle-class jobs. The Pacific Fishery Management Council ordered the ban in April after research showed a decline of more than […]

Cap-and-trade funds targeted for high-speed rail project

Cap-and-trade funds targeted for high-speed rail project

Questionable practices at CA prisons criticized

Questionable practices at CA prisons criticized

By James Poulos . After years spent under the glare of judicial scrutiny, California’s effort to clean up its prison system has run up against a fresh wave of challenges and controversy. Lawsuits, violence and Draconian measures have all increased costs while chipping away at support from the public and policymakers. ‘Potty watches’ Critics have no shortage of […]

Gov. Brown opposes CA minimum wage hike

Gov. Brown opposes CA minimum wage hike

. Opening another fissure with members of his own party, Gov. Jerry Brown has come down on the opposite side of a proposed statewide increase in the minimum wage. Changing course In an indication of the mood in the governor’s office, Brown’s number-crunchers came down hard on the proposed hike. Kristin Shelton, the state’s budget program […]

Bill would ban sex offenders from driving for Uber, Lyft

Bill would ban sex offenders from driving for Uber, Lyft