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  • California's soaring healthcare costs bode ill for the budget

    California's budget, which bounced back after years of deficits, is now being squeezed by rising healthcare costs for the poor and for retired state workers.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown sworn in for record fourth term; calls for state to use more renewable energy

    As he was sworn in for a record fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown charted an ambitious new goal on Monday for California in its fight against climate change, challenging the nation's most populous state to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent in the...

    Brown, Legislature study ways to avoid UC, Cal State tuition hikes

    Brown, Legislature study ways to avoid UC, Cal State tuition hikes
    The fate of the proposed tuition increase at University of California campuses now rests in the hands of the governor and state lawmakers, who are aligned in opposition to it but divided over how to scrap it. The UC regents voted in November to increase...

    California lawmakers set goals as new Legislature convenes

    The new legislative session officially began Monday, with lawmakers converging on the Capitol to take the oath of office and legislative leaders signaling that the proposed University of California tuition hikes will be a pivotal policy battle in the...

    Vote results prime new Legislature for GOP, Democratic cooperation

    Stung by losses in the November election, the California Legislature's Democratic majority arrives for the first day of a new session Monday facing a political terrain more hostile to tax increases and other priorities of liberal lawmakers. The...