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June 15, 2017

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Over the past couple years, Krystal Johnson has been offered multiple raises and a promotion in her work in retail. But she's turned every one down.

The $.50 or $2 hourly wage increase would have come with a cost. She would earn too much to qualify for state-subsidized child care.

June 15, 2017

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Photo caption: Sen.Holly J. Mitchell during a recent visit with workers at a new Kaiser hospital in Los Angeles.

By Michelle Faust

June 14, 2017

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By Jim Miller, Christopher Cadelago and Alexei Koseff

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced Tuesday a deal on a $183.2 billion budget that expands tax credits for working families, accelerates spending for roads and mass transit and uses some new tobacco tax revenue to raise Medi-Cal provider rates for physicians and other health professionals.

June 14, 2017

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By Ben Adlin

As the launch of California’s adult-use cannabis market looms—sales are set to begin Jan. 2, 2018—lawmakers are scrambling to put in place rules to regulate the industry and ensure it functions smoothly.

June 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Tuesday they have agreed to a $125 billion budget that would expand a tax credit for the working poor, increase spending on safety net programs and boost payments for doctors and dentists.

The budget agreement sets up votes in the state Senate and Assembly on Thursday, the last day for lawmakers to approve a budget without losing pay under a voter-approved measure that withholds lawmakers’ paychecks if they don’t meet budget deadlines.

June 14, 2017

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Working poor, pot industry likely to prosper under proposed budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA-TV) —

California Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Tuesday they have agreed to a $125 billion budget that would expand a tax credit for the working poor, increase spending on safety net programs and boost payments for doctors and dentists.

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June 14, 2017

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By Katy Murphy

SACRAMENTO >> A $125 billion funding agreement reached between Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers ramps up spending for the coming year by $1 billion, while including tough reforms for an embattled tax agency and the central office of the prestigious University of California.

June 14, 2017

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By Michelle Faust

State lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown have struck a budget deal that uses at least $546 million in new tobacco tax funding to increase Medi-Cal provider reimbursements. The state doctors' association calls the modest hike "a step in the right direction," but says it's insufficient.

June 14, 2017

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By Ben Adler

Governor Jerry Brown called the $125 billion general fund spending plan “balanced and progressive,” and Democratic lawmakers agreed.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) said the budget “speaks to Californians' progressive values and helps us to build for the future” while setting aside money in the state's Rainy Day Fund.

June 13, 2017

By Jonathon Cooper

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders said Tuesday they have agreed to a $125 billion budget that would expand a tax credit for the working poor, increase spending on safety net programs and boost payments for doctors and dentists.

The budget agreement sets up votes in the state Senate and Assembly on Thursday, the last day for lawmakers to approve a budget without losing pay under a voter-approved ballot measure that withholds lawmakers' paychecks if they don't meet budget deadlines.