With budget negotiations entailing, in Gov. Jerry Brown's words, "pushing... and some shoving," Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon telegraphed one tussle that's sure to happen over the next several months: the future of the Middle Class Scholarship program.
An Assembly panel on Tuesday recommended the confirmation of Rep. Xavier Becerra as state attorney general after the nominee pledged to aggressively defend state policies on immigration and healthcare against potential negative actions by President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.
The Los Angeles Democrat was questioned for more than an hour by members of the Assembly Special Committee on the Office of the Attorney General before the panel voted 6 to 3 to support the nomination by Gov. Jerry Brown. All Republicans voted in opposition.
The nomination still must be acted on by the full Assembly, which is scheduled to vote Friday, as well as the Senate.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday his plan to prod lawmakers to solidify California's emissions cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state's climate change agenda.
Pushing forward in California has only become more important with federal action on global warming less likely under President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration, the governor said.
"Given the fact that the federal government is going in the opposite direction, I would think that Californians wants to strengthen their own commitment," he said during a Capitol news conference where he unveiled his budget plans. "We ought to continue and not fall back on our efforts."
Jan. 10, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
We are not going to get hysterical, but we are going to get prepared to protect the rights of all people in California in a thoughtful, creative way.
Gov. Jerry Brown on comments by President-elect Donald Trump regarding deportation of immigrants and the creation of a Muslim registry
Less than four years after declaring California’s budget was balanced for the foreseeable future, Gov. Jerry Brown on Jan. 10 said the state is now projected to run a $1.6-billion deficit by next summer. (Jan. 10, 2017)
Less than four years after declaring California’s budget was balanced for the foreseeable future, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said the state is now projected to run a $1.6-billion deficit by next summer.
"The trajectory of revenue growth is declining," Brown told reporters at the state Capitol on Tuesday as he unveiled the state's budget.
The $179.5-billion plan seeks to resolve the budget shortfall by slower-than-expected growth in public school funding and through rolling back a series of one-time expenses discussed during last year's budget negotiations.