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There have been thousands of ways cities and counties have spent the first tranche of covid relief money from the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress in March. That economic rescue package provides $130 billion to cities and counties — with few restrictions on how the money can be spent.
CalMatters Commentary - A flurry of legislation signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom is an experiment in European-style social democracy. Will it work?
A state law gives California workers as much as two weeks additional paid sick leave during COVID-19, but it’s ending as a federal tax credit that offsets the cost for employers also expires.
CalMatters Commentary - Southern California’s “corridor of corruption” has yielded a new case of insider dealing – not the first and not the last.
CalMatters Commentary - California has a big stake in whether President Joe Biden’s “human infrastructure” proposal is passed because it could affect how high-income Californians are taxed.
CalMatters Commentary - California’s never-ending wildfires have ignited an insurance crisis that demands bold new thinking.
CalMatters Commentary - Gov. Gavin Newsom turned back a recall drive with a landslide of supportive votes. So what now?
CalMatters Commentary - With the recall election on Gov. Gavin Newsom nearing an end, critics say the recall system needs changes. But would they be reforms or a power grab?
CalMatters Commentary - The California Legislature has finally closed a loophole that protected bad cops from losing their licenses.
CalMatters Commentary - Legal wagering on sports is coming to California but dueling ballot measures will determine who controls and profits from the potentially huge amounts of money involved.