Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a $150 annual wildfire protection fee for property owners in fire-prone areas California.
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 college students are bracing for higher tuition bills and fewer courses and campus services under a new state budget that once again slashes spending on higher education.
Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved a budget that increases spending 2.7 percent, but hours later were apprised of the prospect of losing significant funding from the state that could result in draconian cuts in services.
After months of talks but no real progress, negotiations over solving California’s budget deficit appear to be stalled after Republican lawmakers released a list of 53 policy changes and budget reforms.