Sacramento http://kvpr.org en Modesto Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen Chosen to Lead Assembly GOP http://kvpr.org/post/modesto-assemblywoman-kristin-olsen-chosen-lead-assembly-gop <p>There will be a new woman leading California Assembly Republicans. And, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the choice is getting good marks on both sides of the aisle.&nbsp;</p><p>Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will officially take over as Assembly minority leader in November. The Modesto Republican says her focus will be on creating more jobs, lowering taxes and improving education.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:52:44 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 35250 at http://kvpr.org Modesto Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen Chosen to Lead Assembly GOP California Legislature Approves $156 Billion Budget http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-approves-156-billion-budget <p>California’s&nbsp;new&nbsp;budget includes money for education, debt repayment and controversial projects like high speed rail. Katie Orr has details from Sacramento on last night’s budget vote.</p><p>California lawmakers spent father’s day debating the 156 billion spending plan. 108 billion of that makes up the state’s general fund.&nbsp;Democratic Senator Mark Leno says&nbsp;Money will go towards paying off debt,&nbsp;and&nbsp;building up a rainy day reserve&nbsp;and supporting California's children.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:43:10 +0000 Katie Orr - Capitla Public Radio 34278 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature Approves $156 Billion Budget Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers http://kvpr.org/post/lawsuit-filed-over-proposal-delta-water-transfers <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of&nbsp;environmental groups&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Wednesday&nbsp;that it is suing&nbsp;the Bureau of Reclamation over its proposal to send water from northern California to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p><p class="p1">The water transfers would involve pumping over 175,000 acre-feet of water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, home to the endangered delta smelt and other fragile aquatic species.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:06:32 +0000 Kerry Klein 34119 at http://kvpr.org Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers Brown's Revised Budget Would Help State During Drought, Cal Fire http://kvpr.org/post/browns-revised-budget-would-help-state-during-drought-cal-fire <p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal contains more money to address complications from the drought in California. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, he wants more money to go to firefighting, food assistance, and wildlife preservation.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Governor Brown wants to give an additional $142 million to help the state through the drought. The drought has already caused an early fire season. Under the new spending plan, the Division of Forestry and Fire Protection would get $67 million more to suppress wildfires.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:55:21 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 32626 at http://kvpr.org Brown's Revised Budget Would Help State During Drought, Cal Fire Brown Preaches Fiscal Restraint With May Budget Revision http://kvpr.org/post/brown-preaches-fiscal-restraint-may-budget-revision <p class="p1">With a $4.4 billion budget surplus projected, some California Democrats are calling for increased state spending. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown pushed back against that message Tuesday while releasing his May budget revision.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:47:40 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32625 at http://kvpr.org Brown Preaches Fiscal Restraint With May Budget Revision Republicans Battle To Compete Against Governor Brown http://kvpr.org/post/republicans-battle-compete-against-governor-brown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s widely expected Governor Jerry Brown will win reelection in November. But there’s still a fierce battle to be the Republican who challenges him. From Sacramento, Katie Orr takes a look at the two top contenders.</span></p><p class="p1">It’s lobbying season in Sacramento. Several times a week interests groups rally around the Capitol. The groups, often large and clad in brightly colored t-shirts, then head inside and converge on lawmakers’ offices in hopes of gaining support, and possibly money, for their cause.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:39:19 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32624 at http://kvpr.org Republicans Battle To Compete Against Governor Brown Brown Calls Special Legislative Session on New Budget Reserve http://kvpr.org/post/brown-calls-special-legislative-session-new-budget-reserve <p class="p1">California Governor Jerry Brown is throwing the full weight of his office behind his push for a new state budget reserve by calling the legislature into special session next week.&nbsp; But Republicans say he’ll have to strengthen his proposal to win their support.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:18:50 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 31306 at http://kvpr.org Brown Calls Special Legislative Session on New Budget Reserve Governor Brown Defends Prison Practices http://kvpr.org/post/governor-brown-defends-prison-practices <p>California Governor Jerry Brown says reducing prison overcrowding continues to be a top priority. Brown talked with reporters Tuesday after speaking at the 25<sup>th</sup> Annual Crime Victims Right’s Rally at the state Capitol. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>A federal three-judge panel has given the Brown administration an additional two years to reduce prison overcrowding to court-mandated levels. The ruling was a victory for Brown who had factored the extra time into his proposed budget. But he says court intervention remains a burden.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:23:27 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30945 at http://kvpr.org Governor Brown Defends Prison Practices Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill http://kvpr.org/post/senate-committee-moves-ahead-fracking-moratorium-bill <div><p>A California senate committee has moved a bill forward that would place a moratorium on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the move comes less than a year after the passage of legislation that regulates the oil-extraction process.</p></div><p>Senate Bill 4 put several fracking regulations in place for the oil industry. SB4 also requires a study analyzing the health and safety risks of fracking. At the committee hearing, oil industry representatives called the regulations some of the strictest in the nation.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:51:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30909 at http://kvpr.org Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-consider-medical-interpreters-program-second-time <div><p>For the second time in a year, California lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a medical interpreters program. As Capital Public Radio’s Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone reports, the bill’s backers say circumstances are different this time. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></div><p>This year’s bill is essentially the same as last year’s. The state would pay interpreters to help Medi-Cal patients who have limited English skills to understand their health care.</p><p>Will Shuck with the California Assembly Speaker’s office says what’s different this year is the timing.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:43:08 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 30908 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-mandate-paid-rest-breaks-farm-workers <p>Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>People who work outdoors are susceptible to dizziness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Nicole Marquez with the advocacy group Worksafe says farm workers are commonly paid based on how much they pick.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:14:17 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 30491 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers Senator Yee Withdraws from Secretary of State Race http://kvpr.org/post/senator-yee-withdraws-secretary-state-race <p>Democratic State Senator Leland Yee has dropped out of the race for California Secretary of State. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the announcement came a day after Yee was arrested and charged with wire fraud and gun trafficking.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:48:45 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30365 at http://kvpr.org Senator Yee Withdraws from Secretary of State Race Senate Dems Call For Disgraced Yee To Resign http://kvpr.org/post/senate-dems-call-disgraced-yee-resign <p>Another California State Senator is facing criminal allegations. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on accusations that surfaced Wednesday against Senator Leland Yee.</p><p>In what the Senate President says sounds like a bad movie, a federal complaint alleges Yee, a Bay Area Democrat, committed wire fraud and gun trafficking. Undercover FBI agents say Yee set up meetings for them on topics ranging from legislation to arms dealing. In return, the agents made contributions to Yee’s Secretary of State campaign.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:20:17 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 30325 at http://kvpr.org Senate Dems Call For Disgraced Yee To Resign Break It Up: Should California Split Into Six States? http://kvpr.org/post/break-it-should-california-split-six-states <p>California is the nation's most populous state. Its farms feed the nation, its studios and filmmakers&nbsp;entertain the world, and its technology companies help define our future. But some say the state is simply too large, too diverse and too unwieldy to govern effectively.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Joe Moore 29237 at http://kvpr.org Break It Up: Should California Split Into Six States? Fluke Enters Senate Race as Number of Women in California Legislature Declines http://kvpr.org/post/fluke-enters-senate-race-number-women-california-legislature-declines <p>Women’s rights advocate Sandra Fluke is running for a state senate seat. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, her candidacy comes as the number of women in the state legislature is dropping.</p><p>Women make up more than half of California’s population, but just over a quarter of the state legislature. The number of women elected to the legislature has been dropping for several years. It’s an issue Fluke has been working to fix.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 04:01:58 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 28164 at http://kvpr.org Fluke Enters Senate Race as Number of Women in California Legislature Declines California Legislature to Tackle Teacher Retirement Fund Debt http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-tackle-teacher-retirement-fund-debt <p>Some lawmakers say it’s time to get serious about paying down debt accrued by California's teachers’ retirement system. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, that will take a big financial commitment.</p><p>Assembly Democrats say they’re ready to look for ways to pay down the unfunded liability of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. The governor’s office puts the debt at more than $80 billion.</p><p>Speaker John Perez says the Assembly will begin hearings on the issue.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 02:22:56 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 27804 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature to Tackle Teacher Retirement Fund Debt State Board of Education Will Decide How Billions Can Be Spent http://kvpr.org/post/state-board-education-will-decide-how-billions-can-be-spent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The California State Board of Education will decide tomorrow how school districts can spend billions of dollars in state funding next year. From Sacramento, Katie Orr has details on what's at stake in the meeting.</span></p><p>The board will consider rules that dictate how school districts can spend money targeted toward low-income and non-English speaking students.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:01:12 +0000 Katie Orr 27215 at http://kvpr.org State Board of Education Will Decide How Billions Can Be Spent Democrats Propose Universal Pre-K Programs http://kvpr.org/post/democrats-propose-universal-pre-k-programs <p>Providing transitional kindergarten for all the four-year-olds in California would cost about a $1 billion, but supporters say it would be worth it. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on a new proposal introduced today.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an elementary school near Sacramento, students in a transitional kindergarten class practice saying the date.</span></p><p>These kids are among several thousand California four-year olds enrolled in pre-K programs. Now state Senate Democrats want to make transitional kindergarten available to all four-year-olds.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:58:04 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26867 at http://kvpr.org Democrats Propose Universal Pre-K Programs California GOP Lawmakers: Build Reserve, Pay Down Debt http://kvpr.org/post/california-gop-lawmakers-build-reserve-pay-down-debt <p>Minority Republicans are calling for spending restraint, paying down debt and putting a portion of the state’s one-time revenues into infrastructure projects.</p><p>Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway says Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats should resist the temptation to spend the money that’s coming into state coffers well above budget projections.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 02:05:54 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26869 at http://kvpr.org California GOP Lawmakers: Build Reserve, Pay Down Debt California Democrats Focused on Financial Recovery http://kvpr.org/post/california-democrats-focused-financial-recovery <p>The California legislature is back in session and Democrats remain firmly in control. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, leaders are starting the year with a focus on the economy.</p><p>Democratic leaders are pushing a message of restoring the state’s economy by creating a rainy day fund and paying down debt. But projects like high speed rail and the Delta water tunnel plan could put pressure on the budget.</p><p>Democrats hold a super majority in the legislature, but Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett says the party will continue to act responsibly. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 02:02:22 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 26868 at http://kvpr.org California Democrats Focused on Financial Recovery