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Kristin Olsen

California lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding

The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing. At issue in the sessions ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown is how California should pay billions of dollars for needed road and highway repairs as well as funding Medi-Cal, the state's medical insurance program for the poor. Medi-Cal now provides coverage to one in three Californians. There's no set deadline for reaching deals. Lawmakers plan to take up the issues separately. Brown, a Democrat, had pledged in his 2010 campaign to take tax...

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