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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


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.

June 06, 2017

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By Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell

If you said a 10-year-old should register for the military draft, drive a car or vote for president, people would write you off as a lunatic.

Yet elected leaders and law enforcement often act as if children are no different than adults when it comes to the justice system.

June 06, 2017

“Take that, Oregon.” -State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, as the Legislature’s budget-writing committee advanced a proposal for the Secure Choice retirement program. The OregonSaves program begins this summer.

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June 02, 2017

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By Natalie Kitroeff

California’s Legislature has proposed making more low-income families eligible for subsidized child care. In budget hearings last week, the Assembly and the Senate voted to increase the income allowed to qualify for the benefit.

June 01, 2017


The Governor’s May revision budget takes a new look at In Home Support Services Maintenance of Efforts that had many counties concerned due to its potential elimination.

June 01, 2017

By Scott Shackford

If successful, state would stop piling on more punishment for prior convictions.

With the news last week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling federal prosecutors to ramp the war on drugs right back up, expect to see some resistant states publicizing efforts to do the opposite.

That's happening in California, where the state's Senate this week approved SB 180, 22-13. Nicknamed the Repeal Ineffective Sentencing (RISE) Act, the bill eliminates a particular drug-related sentencing enhancement under California law.