Democrats who control California’s Legislature began passing a series of budget bills Wednesday without Republican votes.
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday were preparing two budgets — one with an extension of expiring tax increases and one without — as a Wednesday legislative deadline loomed.
Richmond could have the highest sales tax in the East Bay if voters approve a measure in a special election on June 7. Critics say they are not objecting to the tax as much as the legality of how it’s being handled.
A new survey shows a strong majority of California voters want a say on the state budget but disagree with Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax proposal.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign promise that he would not raise taxes without a vote of the people helped him beat a billionaire Republican rival who was bent on portraying him as just another tax-and-spend Democrat.
Gov. Jerry Brown has released a revised state budget that calls for a 5 percent increase in spending over the plan he released in January but said a renewal of expiring tax increases is still needed.
Assembly Republicans released a proposal that seeks to bridge the state’s $15.4 billion deficit in part by making deeper cuts to the poor and asking state workers to take another pay cut equal to 15 percent of their salaries.
State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson joined dozens of teachers, nurses and firefighters at a state Capitol rally Wednesday.
Parent groups joined California teachers Tuesday on the front lines of a weeklong series of rallies against the possibility of deep budget cuts to education.
Teachers marched in downtown San Francisco Monday and rallied at the state Capitol to launch a week of protests over the threat of deep budget cuts to public education.