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Lawmakers take step toward retirement fund for all Californians

Lawmakers take step toward retirement fund for all Californians

. State policy makers on Monday inched closer to a state-run retirement system for workers who don’t have access to employer-run accounts. Secure Choice, if implemented, would require employers of five or more people to automatically enroll employees into portable retirement accounts, with an opt-out clause for the individual. While everyone has the ability to […]

Prosecuting climate ‘deception’ could soon get easier

Prosecuting climate ‘deception’ could soon get easier

Given the dire warnings over the threat of global warming, it would be reasonable to expect nearly two decades without a rise in average global temperature to be cause for celebration. Not so. Instead, it’s a call for more punishing legislation. WND reported last September efforts by some two-dozen scientists with major U.S. universities to […]

[CitizensNewswire] State of California flouts its own enviro laws, claims county threatening multi-million-dollar suit

[CitizensNewswire] State of California flouts its own enviro laws, claims county threatening multi-million-dollar suit

California Farmers Achieve More Air Quality Gains in 2015

California Farmers Achieve More Air Quality Gains in 2015

DAVIS, Calif., March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Although California continues to cope with some of the Nation’s most compromised air quality, farmers continue to reduce emissions from their operations. During 2015, California’s farmers, working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, voluntarily applied seven conservation practices to reduce pollutants by 788 tons—an equivalent of 170,000 low […]

State leaders, labor groups announce deal on $15 minimum wage

State leaders, labor groups announce deal on $15 minimum wage

CA politicians and businesses push for restored Cuba connections

CA politicians and businesses push for restored Cuba connections

. Although they didn’t make the same headlines as President Obama, several members of California’s congressional delegation accompanied him on his historic visit to Cuba — underscoring the importance California officials and business put on the prospect of restored relations with the Communist country. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, was joined by House Democratic Caucus […]

Measure diverting bullet train funds for water storage hits money shortage, eyes 2018

Measure diverting bullet train funds for water storage hits money shortage, eyes 2018

Average Joe seat on state commission filled by the well-connected

Average Joe seat on state commission filled by the well-connected

. Stockton’s Anthony and Rima Barkett were hosting a fabulous party in Rome in 2007 to discuss what the world could do to stop the Darfur killings. The party’s guest list included actors Don Cheadle and George Clooney, two Nobel Laureates and the mayor of Rome. There at the Barkett’s apartment at the Villa Borghese, […]

Citing CPC study, new Assembly bill seeks to stop runaway school bond debt

Citing CPC study, new Assembly bill seeks to stop runaway school bond debt

AB 2116 author Rep. James Gallagher (R-Sacramento Valley) says his bill would limit the ability of school districts to take on debt through new bonds – even authorizing county auditors to stop spending if bond “funds are not being spent appropriately.” “Borrowing for school construction has exploded in the last decade,” Gallagher said.“As borrowing hits record highs, it […]

State GDP growth to accelerate — Forecast projects job growth will soften, then recover

State GDP growth to accelerate — Forecast projects job growth will soften, then recover

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting is releasing its 2016 First Quarter California and United States Forecast on Thursday, March 24. Highlights: We expect state GDP growth to accelerate a bit, to over 3 percent quarterly annual growth rates. We expect California job growth to soften a bit and then slowly […]