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  • For higher education funding, softer touch gave Cal State a leg up

    For higher education funding, softer touch gave Cal State a leg up
    California State University officials had one question in mind 18 months ago: In a state with billions of dollars in spending obligations to health and welfare services, prisons and pensions, how do we catapult our funding needs to the top tier of budget priorities?
  • California lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding

    The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing. At issue in...

    Legislature approves revised budget, sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown

    Legislature approves revised budget, sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown
    California lawmakers passed a new budget Friday that would increase spending on government services for the poor and make a range of policy changes intended to address the drought and improve police accountability. The changes would allow faster...

    California Legislature approves compromise $115.4B budget

    California lawmakers on Friday passed a compromise budget to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's demands for restrained spending, even as the package sends billions more to public schools and increases spending on health care and social services. The Assembly...

    California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders

    California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders
    For the first time in nearly 40 years, state regulators are telling more than 100 growers and irrigation districts with some of the oldest water rights in California that they have to stop drawing supplies from drought-starved rivers and streams in the...