April 1, 2012 |
As doubts grow about the survival of the federal healthcare law, state officials are considering ways to keep key elements of the legislation alive in California. Skepticism of the Affordable Care Act by conservative Supreme Court justices during oral arguments last week has raised the possibility the court will strike the individual mandate to purchase health coverage or throw out the entire law as unconstitutional. Even if the whole law is scrapped nationally, many of its consumer protections, such as guaranteed coverage for children, are expected to survive in California.
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October 18, 2011 |
Investors may not be willing to back the state's bullet train project until after it begins operating, the California High-Speed Rail Authority said in a letter to key legislators, an acknowledgment that again raises serious questions about how the $43-billion construction cost will be paid over the next decade. The letter gives a preview of the authority's upcoming business plan, a critical document that is supposed to address long-standing concerns that it lacks a credible blueprint for building and operating the system.
May 24, 2009 |
President Obama predicted travails ahead for the struggle to pass healthcare reform but offered a hopeful outlook for passage of legislation providing access to insurance coverage for all, saying that "the stars may be aligned" for a deal on a goal that eluded the last Democratic president. In a C-SPAN interview that aired Saturday, Obama said he was "absolutely committed" to moving forward with a healthcare plan and promised he would announce his Supreme Court nomination soon.
January 11, 2002 |
In an aggressive step by state officials to combat runaway film production, Gov. Gray Davis plans to propose California's first sizable tax credit today in an effort to discourage film and TV shows from fleeing to cheaper locales such as Canada. The Davis plan is being proposed to start in 2004 and is projected to save producers $50 million the first year, $80 million the second and $100 million by the third year, far more than any state program in the past.
January 8, 2002 |
Gov. Gray Davis is calling for expanded authority to wiretap Californians' phones and e-mail in the name of protecting against terrorism. As outlined Monday by his top security advisor, former FBI agent George Vinson, the legislation Davis seeks is similar to the Patriot Act signed into law by President Bush in October. The governor's aides said New York has adopted a similar statute, and proposals are pending in Arizona and Washington state.
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December 28, 2001 |
An increase in state jobless benefits that was hailed as a safety net for Californians thrown out of work after Sept. 11 won't apply to hundreds of thousands of workers already drawing benefits or laid off in the wake of the attacks. The increase, the first in a decade, has been touted by Gov. Gray Davis and other politicians as a way to help workers hurt economically by the tragedy. But it applies only to new claims filed after Jan. 6.