After a bumpy tax report and unsettled politics, all eyes turn to Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget – LA Times

The four months since Gov. Brown submitted his state budget plans to lawmakers have been some of the most unusual in recent Sacramento history, thanks to a jumble of thinly veiled threats over federal dollars and one crucial month of surprisingly weak tax revenue collections. Brown will send the Legislature a revised spending plan this […]
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‘Housing crisis’ tops California’s legislative agenda this year

More than 130 housing bills surfaced this year as of the last count, many of them aimed at addressing the state’s housing shortage, lack of affordable housing and protecting those at risk of losing their homes. The total is well above the typical 20 to 40 housing bills introduced each year. http://www.sbsun.com/business/20170507/housing-crisis-tops-californias-legislative-agenda-this-year
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Fighting Trump requires more public money, California AG says | The Sacramento Bee

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra had a message for the state Senate’s budget writers Thursday: Carrying on the state’s legal fight against President Donald Trump doesn’t come cheap. Source: Fighting Trump requires more public money, California AG says | The Sacramento Bee
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Op-Ed: California is right to close its door to offshore drilling — Trump can’t be trusted with our beaches – LA Times

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) said she’ll push legislation that would block any oil pumped in federal waters from reaching California’s shore. It would forbid the State Lands Commission from allowing any new pipeline or other facility to transport the oil on shore. Source: California is right to close its door to offshore drilling […]
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New bill would help California combat climate change – San Francisco Chronicle

The California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against the program years ago, challenging the program’s legality because it functions like a tax but did not receive a two-thirds vote in the state Legislature. […] the state has struggled to find the right fiscal balance between the demands of selling permits and easing businesses into […]
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