State Senate Passes $200 Billion Budget Plan; Assembly Set to Approve in Friday VoteThe California Senate on Thursday approved a $202.1 billion spending plan that covers the state's $54.3 billion deficit through a combination of temporary tax increases, delayed spending and cuts to colleges, courts and state worker salaries.
Trump Administration Rejects California Health Care TaxThe Trump administration says it will not allow California to collect a key health care tax on managed care organizations, a decision that could cost the state nearly $2 billion a year for low-income benefits.
Lawmakers Agree Fixing California's Roads And Bridges Is Essential But Not On How To Pay For ItThe state legislature is talking transportation -- specifically how to pay for much-needed repairs to the infrastructure. On Sunday, state senator Mark Leno discussed the challenges with KPIX 5's Phil Matier.
Lawmakers Push To Restore Benefits, Pre-K In Final Week Of State Budget TalksDemocratic lawmakers are pushing to restore recession-era social service cuts and proposing new programs such as preschool for low-income families.
Legislature Expands Medi-Cal To 1.4 Million Low-Income ResidentsThe state Legislature passed a major piece of the federal Affordable Care Act, opting to expand Medicaid to 1.4 million low-income Californians.
Out-Of-State Online Retailers Flee California's New Tax LawMore and more online shopping sites are dropping California merchants as a result of the state's new requirement that out of state retailers collect sales tax from California shoppers.
Opposing Views On California's State Budget CrisisCalifornia's State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Assemblywoman Connie Conway offer opposing views on what Gov. Jerry Brown should do now that he's vetoed the state budget, but both agree his decision came as a surprise.
Bills Aim To Keep California State Parks Open Despite Budget WoesTwo bills being considered by state lawmakers would open the door for local governments or private contractors to keep state parks open.
Governor Brown Touts Optimism Of Budget Deal To Silicon Valley CEO'sGovernor Brown shares his optimism that a budget deal will soon be reached with Silicon Valley tech CEO's, but they have concerns about education funding and the future work force.
Bay Area Council Backs Gov. Brown's Tax Plan The Bay Area Council backs Governor Brown's mix of tax extensions and spending cuts to close the state's budget, but would like to see pension reform.
Brown Warns Of Additional Shortfall At State Budget ForumGov.-elect Jerry Brown projected a budget shortfall of $28.1 billion at a budget forum Wednesday, higher than earlier estimates of $25.4 billion.
New Governor Brown To Re-Appoint Old Budget Director Governor-elect Jerry Brown plans on re-appointing Arnold Schwarzenegger's finance director in charge of the state budget.
Schwarzenegger Calls For December Special Budget SessionGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday announced a special session of the Legislature to take up a $6 billion deficit that emerged just weeks after he signed the state budget.
California Budget Perpetuates Deficit SpendingEven as California lawmakers passed a budget Friday to end an unprecedented 100-day impasse, their spending plan looked to be so tenuous that the next governor was expected to face a multibillion dollar deficit from the moment he or she steps into office next year.
Governor Pushes For Pension Reform Governor Schwarzenegger said pension reform will save the state $100 billion over the next few decades in a news conference Friday morning.