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June 19, 2017

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COMMUNITY CLINIC HELP: Small and rural nonprofit health care clinics, including Planned Parenthood, could benefit from state assistance under a $20 million deal reached last week in state budget negotiations.

June 19, 2017

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By Rina Palta

The number of Californians eligible for the state's earned income tax credit is expected to surpass one million under changes to the credit in this coming year's budget. 

June 16, 2017

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By Patrick McGreevy

The state Legislature on Thursday voted to strip the state’s scandal-plagued tax board of most of its duties and powers, sending the governor a bill that would transfer taxpayer appeals hearings to a new office of administrative law judges.

June 16, 2017

The California Legislature has passed a $125 billion spending plan, its largest-ever budget, Thursday.

In a compromise between Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown, the plan funds much of what the governor had proposed cutting.

"This bill is the culmination of months of consideration, deliberation, and negotiation in the Legislature and with the administration," Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell said.

June 16, 2017

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By Chelsea Shannon

A bill that would prevent California employers from asking job applicants about their salary history took another step forward Wednesday.

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.