California lawmakers may have passed a budget on time to get paid, but their plan to close a $15.7 billion shortfall carries a big risk on the assumption that voters will approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax increase this fall.
The jails in Riverside County east of Los Angeles were finally catching up with the region’s rapid growth when state lawmakers passed legislation that assigned thousands of inmates who would have gone to prison to their local lock-ups instead.
The chairman of California’s high-speed rail project defended the $68.4 billion plan before lawmakers on Wednesday, a day after the state Legislative Analyst’s Office urged the state Legislature to reject it because it relies on highly speculative financing.
Lawmakers are questioning the cost of legal bills for the city of Vernon, which is under investigation for its financial dealings.
A planned week-long trip to Hawaii by state lawmakers, during which they are scheduled to meet with members of some very powerful interest groups, has triggered outrage in some circles.
As gridlocked Washington edges toward default, states staggering out of the last recession are preparing for the worst: The federal piggy-bank that helps them pay for health care, jobless benefits, road building and schools could run out of cash.
Two California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would pre-empt local governments from passing laws banning male circumcision and limit the enacting of such legislation to the state.
California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in their social studies curriculum.
Republican lawmakers are claiming victory after the state budget passed last week without a single GOP vote because the plan did not include the Democrats’ top solution — a renewal of the higher income, sales and vehicle taxes approved two years ago.
California state Controller John Chiang announced Tuesday he was halting pay for state lawmakers, saying their budget plan was not balanced and did not meet the state’s requirement for getting paid.
State controller John Chiang will likely decide whether the legislators should get paid — a decision he says he may not even be able to enforce.
Democratic leaders are pushing for a budget plan that would mean deeper cuts for schools and higher fees and taxes for most of California.
A study shows California lawmakers are the nation’s most educated.
California’s Legislature prohibits lawmakers from releasing their daily calendars, but legislators in many other states voluntarily open their schedules so the public can see how they spend their time and who is allowed access to them.
A Republican-led group of California lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will head to Texas next week to hear from businesses that left the state.