| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:53 PM
SACRAMENTO—News flash for Democratic state lawmakers: Not all Republican ideas are kooky.
Some make sense. A few GOP bills might even help struggling workers — the very people Democrats are supposed to be fighting for in the state Capitol....
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:12 PM
A last-minute proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to limit the amount of money school districts can keep in their reserve accounts triggered an angry response in the closing days of budget negotiations.
“I think it’s stupid," said Megan Reilly,...
| May 12, 2014
| 11:14 PM
The state Assembly will now be led with a Southern twang, after Appalachian-born Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego, was inaugurated as speaker Monday.
In an afternoon ceremony in the Assembly chambers, complete with a gospel choir, she was sworn in...
| May 13, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday said Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed revision to the California budget provides a welcome improvement to the state’s rainy-day fund, but criticized other plans for spending state revenue on programs...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 5:34 PM
SACRAMENTO — Returning to the Capitol on Monday after a four-month recess, state lawmakers are set to tackle water issues, prison overcrowding and a budget debate that will be shaped largely by the state's rosier economic outlook.
| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:38 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday detailed his plans to continue nursing California back to financial health, emphasizing the need to carefully guard the surplus revenue generated by the recovering economy.
The governor, during a Thursday...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 10:58 AM
Democratic leaders in the state Legislature on Thursday praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s $155-billion budget proposal for increasing funding for education and social safety net programs while still attacking California’s massive debt, while...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 10:34 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought emergency in California received widespread praise from state lawmakers, although some criticized the governor for not taking action sooner.
Lawmakers, farmers and activists for weeks have been...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:27 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Republican lawmakers were critical of the governor's State of the State address Wednesday, saying it was light on details and sugarcoated economic issues and what they said were policies unfriendly to business.
“When we have a...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 2:07 PM
SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers are packing their bags for their annual migration to the beaches of Maui starting Wednesday, where two conferences will be held sponsored by nonprofits backed by special interest groups.
A group called the Pacific...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 1:39 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers are set to announce Tuesday afternoon new legislation to help California meet a court order to reduce prison crowding.
The plan involves dipping into the state's reserve fund to pay for new places to house...