A group of California lawmakers spent last week at a luxury hotel, all expenses paid, while attending an issues conference during a politically tumultuous week in California.
Gov. Jerry Brown has dealt a blow to labor by blocking a bill that would have let California child care workers unionize.
A committee that oversees spending in the California Assembly has voted against considering a lawmaker’s proposal to approve Assembly budgets in public.
Southern California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino was the only Democrat to vote against the state budget and claims his office budget was cut because of that.
Assembly Speaker John Perez said Republicans have run out the clock on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan for a June special election on tax extensions, so he is challenging GOP lawmakers to come up with a plan of their own.
The most immediate question for the session beginning Tuesday remains whether the Gov. Brown and majority Democrats can get Republican support for an election this summer.
Democratic leaders in the state Legislature said they were growing frustrated after weeks of negotiations with Republicans failed to yield a budget deal.
The state has the money to keep offering subsidies to help low-income families pay for childcare, Assembly Speaker John Perez said Friday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCBS) _ Seven weeks after California’s budget deadline came and went, state Democrats have announced that they’ve reached an agreement within their own party on a budget plan.