John Myers has led the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of state government as Sacramento bureau chief since 2015. He also writes a weekly newsletter on California politics and provides regular news analysis. Prior to joining The Times, he spent more than two decades in radio and television news, much of that as an award-winning reporter covering Sacramento. He has served as the moderator of gubernatorial debates and has spent much of his career exploring ways to expand statehouse coverage through online blogs and a California politics podcast. A resident of the capital city, he holds degrees from Duke University and UC Berkeley.
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Several years of California tax surpluses can obscure some of the larger, perhaps more important long-term trends in how taxpayer dollars are spent.
The governor’s proposal spans both long-term investments and immediate cash rebates, largely made possible by a towering $97.5-billion tax surplus through next summer.
The plan would devote billions to an inflation relief package, drought and wildfire conditions, healthcare plan subsidies and higher school funding.
Led by a quartet of measures to expand taxes and raise taxes, California voters will probably be inundated this fall with TV ads, online videos and a mountain of political mailers.
El salario mínimo del estado para las grandes empresas es actualmente de 15 dólares la hora, y las empresas que tienen menos de 26 trabajadores pagan 14 dólares la hora.
The state’s minimum wage for large employers is currently $15 an hour, with employers that have fewer than 26 workers paying $14 an hour.
A California constitutional amendment could turn almost every California election into a referendum on abortion in November.
California’s Constitution includes broad rights of privacy but has no explicit protection for abortion services.
Two new proposals for sending out rebate checks landed at the statehouse Thursday, joining the fray with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan and another legislative effort, both unveiled in March.
Gov. Gavin Newsom had proposed one-time cash payments in response to the recent surge in gas prices. This plan would be more far-reaching.