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Edward P. Hernandez

Transit, health funding among California's unfinished work

While California state lawmakers announced last-minute deals on medical marijuana regulation and a scaled-back climate change proposal, they were likely to adjourn this year's legislative session Friday without completing major initiatives on transportation and health care financing. So far, Democratic proposals to add a $65 vehicle registration fee and raise the cigarette tax by $2 per pack have been panned by Republicans, whose support they need to pass on a two-thirds vote. Democratic Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego conceded that lawmakers have given up trying to find this week a long-term funding solution for fixing and maintaining California's roads and...