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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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California budget may hit tax rebate threshold

  The saga of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budgetary labors has taken an unexpected twist, potentially triggering an all-but-forgotten provision designed to funnel money back to taxpayers.  In 1979, taxpayer advocate Paul Gann spearheaded a ballot measure designed to place a curb

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California’s universal health care proposal includes covering undocumented immigrants

  State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, has introduced a bill to overhaul California’s health care system to create a single-payer model, the latest example of the Golden State bucking the Trump agenda and taking a “go it alone” approach.

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – Inauguration Day

Time to work toward 100 percent renewables? Raiders file paperwork for Vegas move Trump moth San Diego pensions falling short Democratss pressure McCarthy on Obamacare in Bakersfield Good morning! TGIF. It’s inauguration Day. So, in honor of the festivities, whether

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 6

CA sales tax dips, tax burden rises Nurses union head hoping Trump turns to single-payer health care, “disgusted” with Pelosi SD crackdown on minimum-wage pass-through from businesses CA budget may be lean despite newly-passed taxes  House Republicans reach out to

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Old is new as California sees more European immigrants

  The face of immigration in California has become more complex than the political debate would suggest, with Roma, or gypsies, coming to the state in small but significantly increased numbers. The trend hearkens back to the old days of the controversy

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CA opens Affordable Care Act door to unlawful immigrants

  State Democrats forged ahead with legislation designed to fill out Covered California’s enrollment ranks with unlawful and undocumented immigrants.  Following the state Senate, the Assembly has “passed a measure that would remove a critical barrier to Covered California and allow

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L.A. hospital pays ransom to regain control of computer system from hackers

Announcing its data had been taken hostage by hackers, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center got its information back but triggered a new wave of fears that so-called “ransomware” attacks pose a serious threat to the health care industry in California and beyond. “While

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Effort underway to require legislators wear emblems of top donors

The movement to emblazon state legislators with the logos of their donors has collected tens of thousands of signatures for its would-be ballot initiative. “The measure, formally called the ‘Name All Sponsors California Accountability Reform (or NASCAR. Get it?) Initiative,’ would

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