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Legislative bipartisan criticism aims at Covered CA spending

Legislative bipartisan criticism aims at Covered CA spending
February 12, 2014 By Tori Richards.   Responding to a state senator’s call for an investigation into the marketing budget of California’s Obamacare exchange, the agency says it is in great financial shape and even received high marks for an audit conducted last year. “By 2015/16, we project a reserve of over $184 million,” Covered California spokesperson Anne Gonzales told “We are putt...

CA jobs growth continues strong

Chapman Employment Indicator
February 12, 2014 By John Seiler. New data show strong jobs growth continuing in California throughout the year. That's good news for the state's workers. And it's especial good news for one jobholder in particular: Gov. Jerry Brown, who is being coy about a re-election run but likely will go for a fourth term. The California Index of Leading Employment Indicator jumped to 128.4 in the first quarter of 2014 from 122.5...

Will GOP learn from Faulconer’s win in San Diego?

February 12, 2014 By Chris Reed. San Diego voters elected affable, seemingly moderate Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer as mayor in a special election Tuesday night, making him the biggest large-city GOP mayor in the United States. But before Republicans tout Faulconer's unexpectedly decisive 9 percentage point margin of victory as a sign that they're not in as bad shape in the Golden State as most Sacramento inside...

Can CA public-employee pensions be reformed?

February 10, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. Almost everyone acknowledges that California's public pension system needs reform. Gov. Jerry Brown brought up reform in his his Jan. 2014 budget proposal for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins on July 1: "Future liabilities — to schools, public employees’ pensions and retirement health benefits, infrastructure debt, deferred maintenance, and unemployment insurance — total $355 b...
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