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THE NOONER for August 18, 2015
MONEY MATTERS: Big money issues face rough ride in California Capitol [Dan Walters @ SacBee] - "The 2015-16 state budget was enacted in June, but three big financial issues were postponed – raising and spending billions of dollars on transportation, raising and spending billions more on the Medi-Cal program of health care for the poor, and spending about $3 billion in "cap-and-trade" carbon emission fees."
NEXT MOVE? Villaraigosa hosts Hillary Clinton fundraiser amid quiet preparations to run for governor [Michael Finnegan and Kurtis Lee @ LAT] - "[A] reception at his Hollywood Hills home on Monday to raise money for Hillary Rodham Clinton was the latest of many signs the former Los Angeles mayor is preparing quietly to run for governor of California in 2018."
$$$: As lawmakers return to Sacramento, debate over healthcare taxes kicks off [Melanie Mason @ LAT] - "Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) touted his proposal to impose a flat tax on managed care organizations at a news conference, arguing that it would avert a plunge in funding from Washington for state-subsidized healthcare."
DOUBLE-X FACTOR: 95 years ago today, the Nineteeth Amendment ensuring women's right to to vote was ratified, with the final approval of Tennessee.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Jay Obernolte!
TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Lawmakers Vote To Raise Cost Of Filing Proposed Ballot Initiative From $200 To $2,000
State lawmakers on Monday voted to increase the cost of filing a proposed ballot initiative in California from $200 to $2,000, in response to a failed bid for an anti-gay measure to appear before voters next year.
Tricky Tax Timing For State Lawmakers To Fund Health Care | The California Report | Kqed News
The centerpiece of Levine’s AB xx4 is a do-over of an existing tax that federal officials have decreed all but illegal, a tax that pays for a portion of California’s Medi-Cal program. Without it, the state’s general fund would be on the hook to make up the difference. The topic has been on the to-do list in Sacramento all year, and the focus of Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a special legislative session on health care financing.
As Lawmakers Return To Sacramento, Debate Over Healthcare Taxes Kicks Off
The debate over new taxes and fees -- a dominant theme in these final four weeks of the legislative session -- kicked off early Monday, with some Democratic lawmakers calling for a new tax on health insurance plans to pay for Medi-Cal and other social services.
California Senate Approves Increase To Initiative Filing Fee | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @ sacbee.com
Assembly Bill 1100 would raise filing fee for ballot measures to $2,000
Community College Sexual Assault Measure Sent To Gov. Jerry Brown
California lawmakers on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a measure that would extend the jurisdiction of state community colleges beyond campus borders when the institutions are responding to incidents of sexual assault.
California Lawmakers Vote To Raise Initiative Fee From $200 To $2,000
The state Senate on Monday voted to increase the fee for filing an initiative in California from $200 to $2,000 in response to a failed proposal for an anti-gay ballot measure, but opponents of the higher charge called it an attack on direct democracy.
GOP Lawmaker Decries Trump As 'mean-spirited' On Immigration - Times Of San Diego
Trump said on “Meet the Press” that he would reverse President Obama’s executive orders on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the United States.
How A Little-known Education Office Has Forced Far-reaching Changes To Campus Sex Assault Investigations
For the last four years, a little-known civil rights office in the U.S. Department of Education has forced far-reaching changes in how the nation’s colleges and universities police, prosecute and punish sexual assaults on campus.
Veteran State Capitol Reporter Joins Capradio - Capradio.org
Sacramento, Calif. – August 17 2015: Veteran capitol reporter Chris Nichols has joined Capital Public Radio’s newsroom as our PolitiFact California Reporter. This is a first-of-its kind partnership between a public radio station and the Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact.
Video: Chp Commissioner Talks About His Officers And Turlock Murder Case | The Sacramento Bee
Jon Ortiz @ sacbee.com
One former officer accused of murdering Korey Kauffman
Sri Lanka Voters Back Reform-minded Government, Reject Former Strongman's Comeback Bid
Voters in Sri Lanka backed a reform-minded government in election results released Tuesday, rejecting controversial former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's bid to return to political power.
Gingrich: Hillary Will Not Be The Nominee; Republicans Should Worry About Sanders | Video | Realclearpolitics
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Senate Republicans Respond to Assemblyman Levine's Press Conference and Offer Healthcare Bills without Raising Taxes on California Families
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California Lawmakers Bring Back Aid-in-dying Bill For Special Session
Lawmakers behind an aid-in-dying bill that stalled in the California Legislature in June said Tuesday they are bringing back the proposal for a special session on healthcare, which will allow it to bypass a committee where opposition was strong.
Big Money Issues Face Rough Ride In California Capitol | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @ sacbee.com
Roadwork, Medi-Cal and carbon fees big issues
Watchdog: California Pension Reform Measure Means Savings, Potential Labor Upheaval - The Orange County Register
TERI SFORZA @ ocregister.com
A controversial reform measure headed for the 2016 ballot could cut public pension costs by giving taxpayers a say on retirement plans – but it could upend collective bargaining in the process, according to several analyses.
Efforts To Attract New Teachers Stall In State Legislature | Edsource
Efforts to reinstate state support to attract new teachers to the profession have stalled in the state Legislature, despite a shrinking supply of teachers that is spreading beyond traditionally high-needs areas such as special education, math and science, and bilingual education.
Overcharged DWP Customers Would Get Tens Of Millions Back Under Settlement
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power would credit or refund tens of millions of dollars to customers who were overbilled during the botched rollout of a new billing system, under a proposed class action settlement between the utility and aggrieved customers that was announced Monday.
Republicans In Sacramento Are About To Face A Key Decision On Taxes :: Fox&hounds
Dianne Feinstein: Manage Water, Endangered Species Scientifically
The bill, which I introduced last month with Sen. Barbara Boxer, requires that all decisions about when and how to move water around California must be based on science and existing state and federal law. The bill specifically prohibits federal agencies from taking any action that would harm threatened and endangered species or their habitat that couldn't occur under current law and regulations, including biological opinions.
Republicans Wary Of New Special Session Taxes, Fees - Capradio.org
California lawmakers are back in town for their final four weeks of work this year. Special sessions on highway repairs and Medi-Cal funding top the priority list. But Republicans say they don’t support tax or fee increases for either issue.
Presidential Campaigns See Texting as a Clear Path to Voters
The text message has suddenly become a go-to tactic for candidates when they need to cut through the noise online and reach supporters quickly and directly.