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California Democrats release plan to make public college ‘debt free’

California Democrats are making a push to offset the cost of higher education, releasing a sweeping plan to increase student aid that would be perhaps the most favorable in the nation for students – but one that may be unfavorable

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SpaceX returns stem cells from orbit

  Amid ongoing controversy over the economic impact of California’s thick regulatory environment, its leading space pioneers continued to notch new successes, underscoring the potential value of orbital and interplanetary technology to more earthbound challenges and opportunities. Off the Pacific coast,

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California considers exempting teachers from state income tax

A new bill in the California Senate would scrap state income taxes for teachers in the state, as part of an effort to combat a growing teacher shortage and to encourage higher-aptitude individuals to enter the profession. “The teaching profession

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California may test all young kids for lead exposure

Three months after a Reuters study of national lead exposure data showed at least 13 communities in California faced as bad or worse contamination than Flint, Michigan – the poster city for U.S. lead risks –Assemblyman Bill Quirk is moving to

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Is California estate-tax proposal real or latest anti-Trump response?

SACRAMENTO – This year’s California legislative session has been thus far dominated by two persistent themes: The desire to stand up to the Trump administration and the pursuit of new tax dollars to fund infrastructure and other spending programs. Democrats

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New DMV rules would allow testing of driverless vehicles without human in car

Responding to industry criticism and public uncertainty, California has rejiggered its rules to accommodate fully driverless vehicles. “California’s new proposals follow a Michigan law passed in December, which allowed testing with no human driver. It also created a framework for

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Trump to scrap vehicle mileage standards – fight with California, environmentalists likely

President Trump on Wednesday launched the first salvo in what seems likely to end up a war with the state of California and many liberal states over vehicle mileage rules that Gov. Jerry Brown and environmentalists depict as crucial to

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Rematch coming of high-profile 2014 race for state superintendent of public instruction

  The most expensive contest on the 2014 California ballot is set to return next year.  “Marshall Tuck, who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent schools chief Tom Torlakson in a contentious 2014 race that became a proxy fight over a lawsuit on teacher

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‘Gender injustice’ behind call to reduce taxes on tampons

SACRAMENTO – In his veto message of a series of tax-reduction bills last September, Gov. Jerry Brown explained that “tax breaks are the same as new spending – they both cost the general fund money.” He said such measures should

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Proposed bill would mandate 100 percent renewable energy in California

  Joining a would-be trend that includes lawmakers in deep blue Massachusetts, Senate majority leader Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, has unveiled a new proposal that could become California Democrats’ answer to the limits of cap-and-trade.  “The California Senate leader has introduced legislation that

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