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Gov. Brown blocks expansion of injury leaves for emergency workers
Gov. Brown blocks expansion of injury leaves for emergency workers

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed two little-noticed bills that would have expanded a special injury leave program that pays California's emergency responders 100% of their salaries, tax-free, when they're out with claimed ailments. Monday's action came a day after a Times investigation found the frequency, length and cost of such leaves in Los Angeles has increased sharply over the last five years. The city paid more than $328 million in salaries, medical bills and other expenses for injured public safety employees from 2009 through 2013. Salaries alone cost $42 million in 2013, up more than 30% from 2009. The increased number of leaves in Los Angeles has forced the Fire...

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