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June 28, 2018

This final budget before Brown term-limits out of the gubernatorial office has been praised by not only his Democratic allies, but has garnered a rare moment of bipartisan support. California legislators on both sides of the aisle are lauding the spending plan, as it is projected to lead the state into financial security without cutting funding to a number of statewide programs, such as the Television and Film Tax Credit program.

June 27, 2018

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By Jonathan Handle

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday extending California’s film and TV incentives to 2025. The tax credit program will continue to provide a total of $330 million in tax credits per year to eligible productions, with increased diversity efforts but little economic change from the existing scheme, which was set to expire in 2020.

June 26, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the California budget this week before the June 29 deadline. State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-30, Los Angeles) is the Chair of the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. She returns to Insight to discuss the state's latest spending priorities and how this year’s budget adds significant funding to address black infant health issues. Listen by clicking on the link below.

June 26, 2018

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By Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers voted Monday to overhaul the way the state Legislature handles sexual harassment complaints, passing a policy crafted in response to widespread misconduct allegations in the Capitol.

The new policy, which was passed by a joint rules committee in a 25-0 vote, is expected to be in place by Feb. 1.

June 22, 2018

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California tripled its production tax credits in 2014 to $330 million per year in a bid to keep ever more film and television projects from decamping to New York, Atlanta, Canada and the U.K., that last a favorite for big budget films. But Georgia ($600 million in 2016) and New York ($420 million a year) still dole out more and offer more lucrative credits.

June 20, 2018

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell congratulates Lynne Davidson, owner of Tito’s Tacos, a Culver City landmark since 1959 where their Mexican cuisine has a become a longtime favorite for a south-of-the-border eating experience. Davidson and her husband, Wirt Morton, today accepted Mitchell’s award for Senate District 30’s Small Business of the Year. The award, presented in conjunction with the California Small Business Association, recognizes how Tito’s Tacos employs 90 workers, cooks fresh ingredients every day and offers homemade tortillas from scratch.

June 19, 2018

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By Alexei Koseff

Law enforcement organizations are unlikely to compromise with advocates of a proposal this session to restrict the circumstances under which police officers could use deadly force.

June 19, 2018

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The California Senate has approved an almost $200 billion budget which set asides money for several issues that progressive groups deem important such as education, homelessness and transportation. The budget also approves $300 million for schools to boost the academic performance of underachieving students. This was an issue that black voters and legislators had lobbied for.

June 19, 2018

Manny Otiko
State Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) had harsh words for law enforcement officials during a California State Senate’s Committee on Public Safety hearing. Bradford lashed out at law enforcement officials during a discussion on Senate Bill 1421 authored by Nancy Skinner, a bay area representative, requires police agencies to open their records during officer misconduct cases.

June 19, 2018

By The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

California’s powerful police unions are used to having their way at the Capitol. For decades, they’ve been able to coerce lawmakers into burying almost every bill that would have forced their members to accept even a modicum of additional transparency or public accountability.

But times may be changing.