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GOP lawmakers bet bullet train bad news will continue

Will news about the California bullet train’s cost overruns and missed construction deadlines remain the norm for years to come? Or will the state’s $64 billion project find a groove and make considerable progress in coming years? These are the

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School districts struggling despite huge funding increase

California’s funding of education has gone from $50.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended in 2012 to $74.5 billion for the current fiscal year – a nearly 50 percent increase that’s far above the less than 9 percent increase in

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Assembly speaker shelves single-payer health bill

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, an avowed supporter of single-payer health care, nevertheless announced last week that he was pulling the plug on a Senate-passed measure that would create such a system in California. Rendon, who is holding

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High-speed rail agency lacks leader at crucial juncture

Four months after then-California High Speed Rail Authority Chief Executive Jeff Morales told authority board members he was moving on and two months after Morales made his decision public, the agency overseeing the state’s $64 billion bullet train project hasn’t

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Gov. Brown in no hurry to address recycling headaches

California – a state that has long prided itself on being an environmental global pacesetter – is struggling with the most basic of green tasks: recycling containers. Thirty years ago, California became one of the first state to add 5-cent and 10-cent

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Gov. Brown’s pension plan gets mixed reviews from reformers

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature mostly have avoided tackling the state’s unfunded pension liabilities, even though these taxpayer-backed debts to pay for pension promises to state and local employees have soared by 22 percent in the last

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Report: Single-payer health care in California would cost double state budget

SACRAMENTO – During the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento last weekend, the spiciest news was outgoing chairman John Burton dropping an f-bomb on a group of activists demanding that the party embrace a single-payer health system. It’s not really

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Will Democrats in Legislature pressure Gov. Brown to increase state spending? 1

Will progressive lawmakers challenge Gov. Jerry Brown over his decision to dash their big dreams for the 2017-18 fiscal year? Or will they acquiesce as they mostly have in recent months of May after Brown released revised budgets without money for

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Emergency water restrictions will extend beyond end of California drought

SACRAMENTO – Former White House chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s most quotable words are frequently cited as the apogee of cynicism, but they simply point to reality in the political system: “You never let a serious

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Bullet train roundup: CEO out as project faces lawsuit and federal threats

The chief executive of the California High-Speed Rail Authority – former Caltrans director Jeff Morales – is resigning in June from the agency after five years overseeing the state’s $64 billion bullet train project. The announcement Friday prompted Gov. Jerry Brown and

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