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DAN WALTERS: California Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders are negotiating how to spend a huge projected budget surplus, but recession could spoil all of their plans.
DAN WALTERS: Medical care is California’s largest economic sector, which means it draws much attention in the Legislature, including detailed laws on who can perform medical procedures and how health care insurers cover those procedures.
DAN WALTERS: California Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders negotiated a new state budget in secret and then began the enactment process while giving the public very little time to figure out what they are doing.
DAN WALTERS: California politicians are vowing to do something about high gasoline prices but what remains very uncertain.
Hundreds of people lined up Thursday to voice concerns about California’s sweeping new climate strategy at a public hearing. Without massive investments in clean energy, air board officials warned that more fossil fuels will be needed to power electric cars and ensure a reliable power grid.
DAN WALTERS: The term “tort wars” is shorthand for the perennial battles in the Legislature and other venues over the rules governing personal injury lawsuits and the U.S. Supreme Court has given business interests a partial win.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the Roe decision, here are key takeaways of what to expect for abortion in California. They include the politics, more legislation, a possible influx of out-of-state patients and changes for health care providers.
DAN WALTERS: The Legislature is wasting its time by dealing with a squabble between entertainment industry factions.
DAN WALTERS: California has the nation’s second lowest level of homeownership but raising it depends on economic fundamentals, no political tokenism.
After 10 years, the top-two California primary system is under fire again, but the problems may have more to do with political gamesmanship. A strategy in a state Senate district appears to have backfired.