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  • Vacant seats? Let the governor fill 'em

    SACRAMENTO — Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says he has seen enough. He wants to rid California of incessant special elections to fill vacancies in the Legislature.
  • Lawmakers begin months-long review of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget

    Now that Gov. Jerry Brown has unveiled his budget proposal, it’s time for lawmakers to pull out their red pens. The Senate Budget Committee held its first hearing Thursday, and its Assembly counterpart will do the same Tuesday. Until the...

    Initiative would make Legislature part time, slash its pay

    A proposal by Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) probably won't make her many friends among her colleagues. She wants to reduce the Legislature to part-time status and cut its pay from $95,000 annually to $1,500 a month. Grove is one of...

    Democrats need to get serious about pension reform [Blowback]

    The majority party needs to take up public employee pension reform in a meaningful and responsible way by giving proposals by the governor and legislative Republicans a fair hearing.

    California finances trail behind budget goals

    Two months into the new fiscal year, California is straining to meet financial benchmarks laid out in the budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in June.