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CalWatchdog Morning Read – June 15

  Transparency duel Budget by midnight Welfare rule to be repealed Gun control advances Crisis looming for energy grid expansion? Lawmakers will consider two transparency bills today in an effort to head off a ballot measure that would go to greater

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – June 14

Lawmakers look to increase gun restrictions, but will that work? Car tax increase Climate agenda going up in smoke? Lawmakers to redefine rape Gut and amend on ballot measures? Good morning and happy Tuesday! In the wake of the tragic

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Gov. Brown: No new spending

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday repeatedly warned against new spending programs as he introduced his revised budget, heeding advice from Moody’s and others to bunker down and prepare for an eventual economic downturn. While the state’s finances have substantially improved from the

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 13

Brown’s revised budget Trump hurting GOP Senate hopefuls? More money for Bay Bridge repairs Ballot initiative law working? Rewards for rich drivers? Good morning! And since it’s Friday the 13th, good luck. Gov. Jerry Brown will release his revised budget

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – May 10

  Is the state headed for budget trouble? Caltrans unclear on spending needs Some water restrictions made permanent Bathrooms for all UC’s admissions process under fire Good morning! With Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget expected to be released sometime this week,

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Transparency activists seek CA sunshine

  National Sunshine Week — an effort to increase and encourage government transparency — has come and gone in California while multiple types of state secrecy continue to draw fire from lawmakers and citizens. Budgeting has topped the list of recent complaints. “The

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Gov. Brown shakes up CA Dems on preschool

California Democrats have been put back on their heels once again by Gov. Jerry Brown, whose approach to preschool education has departed from party orthodoxy. “Brown wants to combine three state-funded early education programs, strip their requirements and let each

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CSU faculty looks unwilling to compromise on pay

A strike by California State University professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches looks increasingly likely in coming months unless CSU leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown are more generous with pay raises. More than 90 percent of the 23,000 workers at

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Voters will confront more bonds on 2016 ballot

State Treasurer John Chiang issued a report recently that praises California’s fiscal strides in dealing with debt but also raises warnings that the state is still in the deep end of the debt pool. The issue of debt will be on

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Medi-Cal boom squeezes CA health care

Although California officials insisted that expanding Medi-Cal coverage has been an economic boon, critics and Sacramento Republicans warned that the program’s staggering growth has created a costly, nettlesome problem for a state already strapped with challenges. The Golden State has seen

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