Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) said Wednesday that the state’s tax collection agency, responsible for bringing in $60 billion annually, has failed to properly handle its budget money and has damaged public faith in its work.
The state Board of Equalization was recently accused of mismanagement in a review conducted by the state Department of Finance. On Wednesday, Ting, the former assessor-recorder of San Francisco, chaired a budget subcommittee hearing on the allegations.
Ting said the board and its administration could not answer “the simplest questions” from auditors about its finances and is “not fulfilling its fiduciary duty.” He added that “it is clear that [the board] is eroding the trust of the public and the taxpayers it is asked to serve.”
When Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) met with President Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, he took the opportunity to pitch the president on a plan to pay for Trump's proposed border wall: Charge 50,000 wealthy foreigners a year $1 million each to become citizens.
"We have 50,000 people come into the country every year chosen by a lottery, which is ridiculous. If we're going to have people come in, OK, let's choose the people coming in," the Republican said on Wednesday.
The 50,000 visas Rohrabacher referred to are granted each year largely to people from Eastern Europe and Africa. To qualify, a person must have a high school diploma and be from a country few people emigrate from.
In the latest round of the simmering feud between Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Trump, the former California governor on Wednesday blasted the president’s proposal to slash federal funding for after-school programs.
“President Trump promised us that he wants to make America great again. That’s not how you make America great, by taking $1.2 billion away from the children and robbing them blind,” he told a packed crowd at a summit on after-school programs at USC. “Why would you do that? Why would you balance the budget on the backs of these kids? Kids are the most vulnerable citizens. Kids are our future.”
The cut is part of a Trump administration budget proposal released last month that would reduce federal education spending by $9 billion, or 13.5%.
The new rules would use a Proposition 64 licensing structure for both recreational and medicinal cannabis. (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR)
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has proposed a plan for merging regulations for medical and recreational marijuana ahead of licensing the growing and selling of the latter next year.
The new rules proposed by the administration include eliminating both state-issued medical-marijuana identification cards and the requirement that pot goes through a third-party distributor, and the rules use a Proposition 64 licensing structure for both recreational and medicinal cannabis.
The proposition passed by California voters in November will also be the guide for who will be issued a state license and therefore who is required to undergo background checks.
Gov. Jerry Brown is making a rare cameo at an Assembly Democratic caucus gathering on Wednesday, giving an in-person sales pitch for his $52-billion transportation plan. But he'll be facing a wary audience of fellow Democrats.
Brown's visit comes one day after tensions flared at the caucus' regular Tuesday lunch, where fears about a tough political vote were compounded by complaints about the short turnaround between the deal's unveiling and Thursday's scheduled vote.
"Part of the frustration that you're hearing is that it's a self-imposed deadline," said Assemblywoman Anna Caballero (D-Salinas). "My perspective is that people want to be reflective about how we handle a big change, and so we want to make sure we're checking in with our constituents and this doesn't leave much time."
Inspired by the November election of Donald Trump, UC Irvine associate law professor Dave Min will challenge Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County's 45th Congressional District.
“It was a call to action, really,” said Min, a Democrat. “After the election my wife and I went through our seven stages of grief.”
Min, 41, is a mortgage and housing finance expert who has worked as an enforcement attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission and a financial policy advisor for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Shy of the support they need on the eve of a possible vote on a gasoline tax increase, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made a final public appeal Wednesday to the many lawmakers who are on the fence, saying courage is needed to stand up against political fallout from supporting new money to fix the state’s roads.
Democratic sources say they are two or three votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass SB 1 in the Senate, as one Democrat, Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino, joined the ranks of the undecided Wednesday because of concern over how it will effect air pollution.
Brown has been working on getting the vote of Republican Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres in case all 27 Democrats do not vote for the bill.
Apr. 5, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
You've got to pay as you go, that's been the tradition in California.
Gov. Jerry Brown, who pushed for his transportation plan at a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday