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GOP legislators unlikely to pay price for cap-and-trade vote

GOP legislators unlikely to pay price for cap-and-trade vote

by Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – As the California Legislature approached a late-night Monday vote to extend the state’s climate-change-fighting cap-and-trade system, the Capitol buzz focused on Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks. The Democratic assemblywoman was absent because of a long-standing family commitment, thus leaving Democrats one vote shy of the supermajority they needed to approve the system’s 10-year […]

Teacher-tenure reform shaping up as big education fight this year

Teacher-tenure reform shaping up as big education fight this year

by Steven Greenhut . SACRAMENTO – Despite the oft-discussed need for education reform in California, the state Legislature will only consider one major reform bill this year. Even that bill’s passage is uncertain, given opposition from the powerful California Teachers’ Association. The issue involves the contentious matter of teacher job protections, which the union says are necessary to […]

Gov. Brown’s pension plan gets mixed reviews from reformers

Gov. Brown’s pension plan gets mixed reviews from reformers

By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature mostly have avoided tackling the state’s unfunded pension liabilities, even though these taxpayer-backed debts to pay for pension promises to state and local employees have soared by 22 percent in the last year alone. Earlier this month, however the governor introduced a plan to help […]

CA Controller’s April Cash Report Shows Sluggish State Revenues

CA Controller’s April Cash Report Shows Sluggish State Revenues

In one of the most crucial months for collections, California revenues of $15.98 billion for April fell short of projections in the governor’s proposed 2017‑18 budget by $1.05 billion, or 6.2 percent, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today.   For the first ten months of the 2016-17 fiscal year that began in July, total revenues […]

California Lawmakers Look to Punish Companies That Work on Trump’s Border Wall

California Lawmakers Look to Punish Companies That Work on Trump’s Border Wall

Companies that contract to build President Donald’s Trump’s proposed border wall might soon have a tough time doing business in California, if state and municipal lawmakers have their way. Legislators in the statehouse and several major cities have proposed laws that would prohibit their governments from hiring firms that have done work on the wall, […]

CA Controller Reports State Revenues Topped November Estimates, on Par for Fiscal Year

CA Controller Reports State Revenues Topped November Estimates, on Par for Fiscal Year

Ventura County Law Enforcement Gathers to Oppose Proposition 57

Ventura County Law Enforcement Gathers to Oppose Proposition 57

By Tim Pompey There are seventeen propositions on California’s state ballot for November 2016. Seventeen issues ranging from requiring employees in the adult film industry to wear condoms to the legalization of recreational marijuana to placing time limits on legal challenges to death sentences. It’s a proposition maze that for the average voter is like […]

CA Controller Reports State Revenues Continue to Exceed Expectations

CA Controller Reports State Revenues  Continue to Exceed Expectations

California revenues of more than $10.57 billion for September beat projections in the 2016-17 Budget Act Governor Jerry Brown signed in June by $151.6 million, or 1.5 percent, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today.  Total revenues have outpaced expectations for two straight months after four months of shortfalls.  The fiscal year-to-date total of $24.55 […]

Ojai: Woman Holds Euthanasia Party Before Killing Herself in an Assisted Suicide

Ojai: Woman Holds Euthanasia Party Before Killing Herself in an Assisted Suicide

A woman in California held a euthanasia party celebrating her decision to take her own life before becoming one of the first people under California’s assisted suicide law to kill herself with a lethal cocktail. The party is upsetting to pro-life advocates who see it as a celebrating of death as a solution for those […]

Treasurer’s DebtWatch Open Data Website Wins Best of California Technology Award

Treasurer’s DebtWatch Open Data Website Wins Best of California Technology Award

Website Named ‘Best Application Serving the Public’ DebtWatch, State Treasurer John Chiang’s open data website, that tracks $1.5 trillion in state debt, has been recognized with a “Best of California” technology award. The website was named “Best Application Serving the Public” during today’s 2016 California Technology Forum in Sacramento, Calif. “We are honored that DebtWatch has […]