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Trump hopes to boost lower-premium health insurance plans

Trump hopes to boost lower-premium health insurance plans

by AP WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order Thursday that aims to make lower-premium plans more widely available. But the president’s move is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and perhaps even some insurers […]

Democrats/Guv Brown Put TARGET on Back of California Based Illegal Aliens

Democrats/Guv Brown Put TARGET on Back of California Based Illegal Aliens

.   By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Even bad legislation sometimes has a silver lining.  When Democrats try to “protect” people, it usually backfires.  This can be seen clearly in the declaration of California as a “Sanctuary State”.  At first many conservatives were—and should be—upset.  This is nullification of Federal law, like the […]

CalPERS’ divestment goals in crosshairs as coal stocks soar

CalPERS’ divestment goals in crosshairs as coal stocks soar

by Steven Greenhut A newly released report from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System confirms that, fulfilling the Legislature’s directive to divest from coal-related investments, the pension fund has now largely exited from coal stocks. But as news reports this week suggest, this “socially responsible” investment policy has come at a price, as coal stocks soar under the […]

GOP legislators unlikely to pay price for cap-and-trade vote

GOP legislators unlikely to pay price for cap-and-trade vote

by Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – As the California Legislature approached a late-night Monday vote to extend the state’s climate-change-fighting cap-and-trade system, the Capitol buzz focused on Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks. The Democratic assemblywoman was absent because of a long-standing family commitment, thus leaving Democrats one vote shy of the supermajority they needed to approve the system’s 10-year […]

Teacher-tenure reform shaping up as big education fight this year

Teacher-tenure reform shaping up as big education fight this year

by Steven Greenhut . SACRAMENTO – Despite the oft-discussed need for education reform in California, the state Legislature will only consider one major reform bill this year. Even that bill’s passage is uncertain, given opposition from the powerful California Teachers’ Association. The issue involves the contentious matter of teacher job protections, which the union says are necessary to […]

Gov. Brown’s pension plan gets mixed reviews from reformers

Gov. Brown’s pension plan gets mixed reviews from reformers

By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature mostly have avoided tackling the state’s unfunded pension liabilities, even though these taxpayer-backed debts to pay for pension promises to state and local employees have soared by 22 percent in the last year alone. Earlier this month, however the governor introduced a plan to help […]

CA Controller’s April Cash Report Shows Sluggish State Revenues

CA Controller’s April Cash Report Shows Sluggish State Revenues

In one of the most crucial months for collections, California revenues of $15.98 billion for April fell short of projections in the governor’s proposed 2017‑18 budget by $1.05 billion, or 6.2 percent, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported today.   For the first ten months of the 2016-17 fiscal year that began in July, total revenues […]

California Lawmakers Look to Punish Companies That Work on Trump’s Border Wall

California Lawmakers Look to Punish Companies That Work on Trump’s Border Wall

Companies that contract to build President Donald’s Trump’s proposed border wall might soon have a tough time doing business in California, if state and municipal lawmakers have their way. Legislators in the statehouse and several major cities have proposed laws that would prohibit their governments from hiring firms that have done work on the wall, […]

CA Controller Reports State Revenues Topped November Estimates, on Par for Fiscal Year

CA Controller Reports State Revenues Topped November Estimates, on Par for Fiscal Year

Ventura County Law Enforcement Gathers to Oppose Proposition 57

Ventura County Law Enforcement Gathers to Oppose Proposition 57

By Tim Pompey There are seventeen propositions on California’s state ballot for November 2016. Seventeen issues ranging from requiring employees in the adult film industry to wear condoms to the legalization of recreational marijuana to placing time limits on legal challenges to death sentences. It’s a proposition maze that for the average voter is like […]

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