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June 11, 2013
Gov.  Jerry Brown  and top lawmakers have reached agreement on some of the most contentious issues in the state budget, granting the governor significant victories on the redistribution of school money and expectations of revenue. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the latest negotiations between the governor and lawmakers in Sacramento with Times reporter Chris Megerian. The budget plan would increase funding for schools across the board and send extra money to districts with large numbers of poor students and English learners -- a key goal for Brown.
July 7, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Concluding a violent campaign season, Mexicans were voting Sunday in 15 states for local officials in an election seen as a test of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party's ability to consolidate power nationwide. The most important race is in Baja California, the state that borders California and encompasses Tijuana. Voters there were choosing a governor, a post that has deep symbolic importance for two of Mexico's main political parties. In 1989, after six decades of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, the party lost a state for the first time in its history as Baja California voters chose as governor a member of the opposition the National Action Party, or PAN. Baja thus became the launching pad for the PAN to unseat the PRI from the presidency in 2000.
June 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Jerry Brown's new offer of a 4.5% pay raise to the largest state employee union could affect the decision of a citizens panel that meets Wednesday to decide whether to give salary increases to the governor and legislators. It could be a factor in the discussions, according to Thomas Dalzell, chairman of the California Citizens Compensation Commission. “I wanted to see what happens to other state employees,” Dalzell said Tuesday. Last week, Brown announced a tentative agreement with California's largest state worker union, SEIU Local 1000, providing a possible 2% raise July 1, 2014, if the state reaches certain financial goals, and a 2.5% raise a year later.
November 24, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he has seen enough. He wants to rid California of incessant special elections to fill vacancies in the Legislature. The elections interrupt the legislative process, he asserts, and they bleed local taxpayers - roughly $1 million each time some lawmaker jumps ship, which has been increasingly often. Let the governor fill vacant seats and be done with it, the Sacramento Democrat contends. Amen. If it were possible, I'd order lawmakers to stop the music, grab a seat and stay put. This musical chairs game is too expensive for the adults, the taxpayers.
June 28, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld and Evan Halper
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, seeking to conquer what could be the last budget crisis of his tenure, is engaged in a high-stakes negotiating strategy with lawmakers that could force him to preside over a meltdown of state government. As legislators have scrambled to stop the state from postponing payment of its bills and issuing IOUs starting next week, the governor has vowed to veto any measure that fails to close the state's entire $24-billion deficit.
May 14, 2013 | By Michael Mello
Vermont is on track to become the fourth state to allow severely ill patients to end their lives under medical supervision. The state's House of Representatives voted 75 to 65 on Monday night to approve the “Patient Choice at End of Life” measure. The legislation, passed by the Senate in February, now goes to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who said he would sign it. If he does, it will make Vermont the first state to approve such a measure through state lawmakers. Oregon and Washington enacted their laws through a referendum, and a Montana Supreme Court decision made it legal in that state.
July 12, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday praised the selection of U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as president of the University of California system, saying she has the "fresh," outside perspective to lead the universities into a new era. "She's detail oriented," Brown said in an interview Friday evening. "She has an open mind.' The Times reported Friday that Napolitano, who also served as a former governor of Arizona, was selected by a committee of UC regents to become the first woman to head the 10-campus system.
March 10, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Rep. Jay Inslee of Washington announced Saturday that he would resign his seat in Congress so that he could focus on his campaign for governor. Inslee, a Democrat, has represented Washington's 1st District in Congress since 1999. He also served a single term representing the 4th District from 1993 to 1995. His resignation will take effect March 20. "I am not one for half-measures or halfhearted efforts," Inslee said in a statement from his campaign. "I am going to leave everything on the field.
April 17, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Let's welcome the governor back home. It must be sobering. The work has been piling up. The real, difficult work. Actually, it was piling up even before Gov. Jerry Brown departed on a weeklong "trade and investment" mission to China with 90 lobbyists, business execs and pals - who kicked in enough extra money to pay for him and his aides. As I previously wrote, if this was really worth the governor's time and energy - if the state actually did benefit, and it probably did - then the state should have paid for it, not a horde of favor-seeking special interests.
August 28, 2013
Gov.   Jerry Brown   and top lawmakers pledged Tuesday to ease prison crowding without releasing inmates early, laying out a plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars for alternate housing. Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Paige St. John about the governor's plan and what its repercussions could be across California. The proposal, which has divided Democratic leaders in the Legislature, would pay for enough beds in privately owned prisons and other facilities to move more than 9,600 inmates from state lockups by the end of the year, as federal judges have ordered.
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