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Gov. Brown's new budget plan assumes a smalller than expected impact from this winter's extra tax revenues.
Gov. Brown laid down a large political marker Wednesday, vowing to do whatever it takes to get the Legislature to approve his plan for shifting more education dollars to school districts that serve low-income students and English learners.
California's tax revenues began 2013 stronger than expected and will end the all-important month of April some $3.5 billion ahead of Gov. Brown's assumptions.
Gov. Jerry Brown offered pessimism Tuesday about changes to California's key environmental law and vowed to take his prison fight with federal judges to the court of public opinion.
Legislation to ban single-use plastic bags clears its first hurdle at the State Capitol.
The Assembly approves extra money to speed up what's been a painfully slow processing of documents budding businesses must file with the state.
A package of state legislation would allow some physician duties to be done by other health professionals, with backers saying it will ease the bottleneck coming from federal health care changes.
A new coalition of powerful political interest groups makes clear they won't accept many of the talked-about changes to California's landmark environmental protection law.
Legislators say a lot of questions remain unanswered in how the California Public Utilities Commission seemingly lost track of millions, or possibly billions, of dollars.
Almost 2,200 proposed laws were introduced at the state Capitol by the constitutional deadline -- some sweeping, some simple, most far from clear whether they'll ever become law.
The March 1 automatic spending cuts deadline is likely to come and go without a compromise in Washington, D.C. and local officials are bracing for the first cuts in federal aid.
Attorney General Kamala Harris' criminal investigators are now taking a new look at last summer's revelation of hidden money inside the state parks department's budget.
New legislation at the State Capitol would impose a tax on every barrel of oil drilled in California -- an idea that's been the focus of a simmering debate for years.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry calls California "Exhibit A" of bad government, part of a week long skirmish between the two states over economic and business climate issues.
Democrats in the state Senate have unveiled a package of sweeping gun control proposals, with an intense debate in the Legislature -- and the public -- sure to follow.
State budget watchers don't quite know why so much tax revenue arrived in January, but they say it could be entirely earmarked for public schools.
SACRAMENTO - State officials told legislators that thousands of Californians no longer eligible to have a firearm still are in possession of tens of thousands of handguns and semi-automatic weapons.
A Central Valley state senator is prepping legislation to shift hundreds of millions of dollars from the state to local governments to pay for public safety realignment.
A bipartisan group of legislators wants an amendment to the California constitution requiring almost all bills to be in print for at least three days before any final vote.
Efforts are now underway to ask California voters in 2014 to, once again, consider a tobacco tax increase -- this time, to pay for college scholarships and financial aid.
Gov. Jerry Brown spends his day with University of California regents, urging them to expand online course offerings to both enhance the UC mission and maximize limited state dollars.
Four California courthouse construction projects, two in the Sacramento region, face an indefinite delay from what court officials say may be their only option under Gov. Jerry Brown's new state budget.
Gov. Brown has railed against the boom-and-bust nature of state government in recent years, but his new budget increases the importance of the root of that volatility: a reliance on the most wealthy.
Jerry Brown unveils a new state budget that, for the first time in years, expects no deficit to be erased. Can he keep a tight rein on spending?
Gov. Jerry Brown started 2013 off with a bang in a Capitol news conference on prisons, making it clear that he's ready to stand his ground on the myriad of policy and political hurdles headed his way.
President Obama's transportation secretary said in a Sacramento interview that GOP opposition in Congress won't stop California's plans for high speed rail.
A new state report calls last summer's saga of hidden state parks cash a series of mistakes that nonetheless ultimately led to a "conscious and deliberate" cover-up.
State parks officials intentionally under-reported the amount of money in two state accounts for 19 years, according to results of a formal audit released Friday by the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown.
California's voter-approved mental health services can serve as a model for the rest of the nation, says the leader of the state Senate in the wake of the Connecticut school mass shooting.
California would become the first state in the nation to require a permit to purchase gun ammunition -- a permit covering all firearm ammo, and one requiring the buyer to pass a background check.
Members of Congress suggest California's hopes for tens of billions of dollars from Washington, D.C. to help build high speed rail could run headfirst into the fiscal cliff debate... and ultimate solution.
On top of generally upbeat economic forecasts that could boost the state budget's bottom line are the billions of dollars that two November ballot measures will set aside for education... and billions more under one of the first bills introduced in the new session of the Legislature.
California's first ever auction of greenhouse gas credits produced a lot of action, but a relatively low price for the right to emit a metric ton of carbon emissions. State officials are calling it a success.
The Legislature's independent budget analysts offered a good news, bad news view on California's fiscal health on Wednesday... projecting positive signs on the horizon but a $1.9 billion shortfall between now and the summer of 2013.
Gov. Jerry Brown defended his Proposition 30 campaign's focus on schools and not the state budget in a one-on-one interview Thursday, and said he won't agree to any do-over of $6 billion in automatic cuts should the initiative fail.
As Gov. Jerry Brown wades through the scores of bills left on his desk by the Legislature, it seems safe to say that Brown's biggest frustration isn't with policies he opposes -- but rather, proposals he thinks are superfluous.