government http://kvpr.org en 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 Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-holds-joint-fast-food-wages-hearing <div><p>California lawmakers are looking at the cost fast food jobs might pass on to state taxpayers. As Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, Wednesday’s hearing was based on a recent UC Berkeley Labor Center study.</p></div><p>The study estimates that more than half of full-time fast food workers rely on public assistance, which costs California taxpayers more than $700 million per year. The Center’s Ken Jacobs says the study contradicts a lot of assumptions about the average fast food worker.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:32:28 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 24512 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing California Lawmakers Adjourn for Year After Busy Final Day http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-adjourn-year-after-busy-final-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California lawmakers are done for the year.&nbsp; They adjourned just past midnight Friday after a busy and at times chaotic final day – and night – of action.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:21:07 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 21541 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Adjourn for Year After Busy Final Day Controversial Farmworker Bill Passes Assembly http://kvpr.org/post/controversial-farmworker-bill-passes-assembly <p>The California Assembly has approved a bill that would make it easier for farm workers to obtain union contracts with their employers.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the measure passed Monday with the bare minimum votes needed – despite strong opposition from growers.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:53:42 +0000 Joe Moore 20309 at http://kvpr.org Controversial Farmworker Bill Passes Assembly Big Property Tax Surprise Coming for Many California Homeowners http://kvpr.org/post/big-property-tax-surprise-coming-many-california-homeowners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California homeowners who saw their property taxes plunge along with their homes’ market values during the recession could get some sticker shock when their next tax bill arrives.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the bad news for homeowners is good news for state and local budgets.</span></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:07:07 +0000 Ben Adler 18371 at http://kvpr.org Big Property Tax Surprise Coming for Many California Homeowners California Prison Hunger Strike Continues; State Responds http://kvpr.org/post/california-prison-hunger-strike-continues-state-responds <p>The number of California prison inmates on a hunger strike has dramatically dropped.&nbsp; But 12,000 inmates still refused to eat for a fourth consecutive day Thursday to protest the common use of long-term isolation.&nbsp; As KPCC’s Julie Small reports, that’s triggering an aggressive state response.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:04:10 +0000 Joe Moore 18252 at http://kvpr.org California Prison Hunger Strike Continues; State Responds California Supreme Court Says Cities Can Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries http://kvpr.org/post/california-supreme-court-says-cities-can-ban-medical-marijuana-dispensaries <p>California’s highest court has come down on the side of cities and counties in the fight over the location, or even the existence, of medical marijuana dispensaries. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 00:46:18 +0000 Katie Orr 14710 at http://kvpr.org California Supreme Court Says Cities Can Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries California GOP Lawmakers: Realignment Not Working, So Fix It http://kvpr.org/post/california-gop-lawmakers-realignment-not-working-so-fix-it <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans in the California legislature are criticizing Governor Jerry Brown’s shift of prisoners from the state to counties – and putting forth legislation they say would help reduce the risk to public safety.</span></p><p>GOP Senator Jim Nielsen says the program known as criminal justice “realignment” needs to be scrapped.</p><p>“It unleashed an unprecedented crime wave affecting everyone in the state of California, and I’ll argue no bill ever passed by this legislature has had more dire and severe and egregious consequences,” says Nielsen.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:43:27 +0000 Ben Adler 12395 at http://kvpr.org California GOP Lawmakers: Realignment Not Working, So Fix It Mayor Renews Call to Add Cars Back to Fresno's Fulton Mall http://kvpr.org/post/mayor-renews-call-add-cars-back-fresnos-fulton-mall <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fresno mayor Ashley </span>Swearengin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> renewed her call to open the Fulton Mall to automobile traffic at today’s annual State of Downtown Breakfast.</span></p><p>Swearengin told the crowd of business leaders and downtown boosters that her number one job for the next four years is to rally support for her downtown plan, which includes the first major changes to Fresno’s former main street in the last five decades.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:25:57 +0000 Joe Moore 10377 at http://kvpr.org Mayor Renews Call to Add Cars Back to Fresno's Fulton Mall Fresno, Bus Driver Union At Odds Over Work Rules, Pay Cut http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-bus-driver-union-odds-over-work-rules-pay-cut <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drivers who operate the city of Fresno’s bus service, known as Fresno Area Express will tell you that despite that some may thing, theirs is not a cushy job.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:41:01 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 9742 at http://kvpr.org Fresno, Bus Driver Union At Odds Over Work Rules, Pay Cut Registering To Vote Will Soon Be Paperless for Californians http://kvpr.org/post/registering-vote-will-soon-be-paperless-californians <p>Californians can soon register to vote completely online. Paperless registration will be available to anyone who has a California driver’s license or ID.</p><p>Since 2009 Californians have been able to go online and fill out a form as part of the voter registration process. But signatures had to be mailed or delivered to county elections officials. Secretary of State Debra Bowen will soon roll out the next step, which would allow Californians who have a driver’s license or ID to hit “send” at the end of their online form.</p> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:55:01 +0000 Amy Quinton 3990 at http://kvpr.org Judge Rules In Favor of Current Death Penalty Ballot Language http://kvpr.org/post/judge-rules-favor-current-death-penalty-ballot-language <p>California voters won&rsquo;t see much change in the language of Proposition 34. A judge sided with those who want to repeal the death penalty that the November ballot language is not misleading.</p><p>Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley upheld his previous decisions on the death penalty ballot measure. He ruled that the ballot&rsquo;s title and summary written by the state&rsquo;s attorney general is not misleading. But he did order one slight change in the ballot&rsquo;s arguments about savings that would result from eliminating the death penalty.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 17:45:32 +0000 Amy Quinton 2167 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Call for Audit of Mental Health Services Act http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-call-audit-mental-health-services-act <p>Some California lawmakers are calling for a closer look into a state fund for county mental health programs.</p><p>The Mental Health Services Act has brought in more than $8 billion since it was enacted in 2004. Republican State Assemblyman Dan Logue says he requested an audit of the funds after he heard reports of money spent on activities not clearly connected to mental health.</p><p>&ldquo;If the basics are being sacrificed for programs that have proven and have shown no benefit whatsoever, then there needs to be a reevaluation of where these funds go.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:18:20 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 1960 at http://kvpr.org California's "Buy Here Pay Here" Used Car Industry Could Face New Regulations http://kvpr.org/post/californias-buy-here-pay-here-used-car-industry-could-face-new-regulations <p>The controversial &ldquo;Buy Here, Pay Here&rdquo; used car industry would face strict new regulations under several bills moving through the California legislature.</p><p>Search &ldquo;Buy Here, Pay Here&rdquo; on Google and the first website that pops up is &ldquo;We-Approve-Bad-Credit-dot-com.&rdquo; Dealers require buyers to make each month&rsquo;s loan payment in person. If they can&rsquo;t, their cars are often repossessed on the spot. Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu says his bill would apply similar regulations for typical auto lenders to the Buy Here, Pay Here industry.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:54:12 +0000 Ben Adler 1511 at http://kvpr.org Fight Over Federal Budget Could Close Airport Towers http://kvpr.org/post/fight-over-federal-budget-could-close-airport-towers <p>Airports in Fresno and Bakersfield could be forced to close if lawmakers in Washington D.C. can&#39;t reach a deal on deficit reduction in the coming months, according to a new analysis released today by a Washington D.C. think tank.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 23:39:01 +0000 Joe Moore 1438 at http://kvpr.org Fight Over Federal Budget Could Close Airport Towers California Governor's Tax Initiative Campaign Raises $6 Million http://kvpr.org/post/california-governors-tax-initiative-campaign-raises-6-million <p>California&rsquo;s Proposition 30 campaign released its fundraising numbers for the first half of the year today. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the campaign for Governor Jerry Brown&rsquo;s tax initiative has raised more than six million dollars so far.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:36:01 +0000 Amy Quinton 1352 at http://kvpr.org California's Budget On Hook For Wildfires http://kvpr.org/post/californias-budget-hook-wildfires <p>The wildfires blazing across California this fire season aren’t just burning through trees, grasses and homes, they’re burning through the state budget as well. Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on how the state pays to fight fires.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:44:30 +0000 Ben Adler 1319 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Allow More Than Two Parents Per Child http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-allow-more-two-parents-child <p>The California law that says a judge can recognize only two legal parents per child would change under a bill working its way through the legislature. The bill&rsquo;s author says not every family today looks like &ldquo;Ozzie and Harriet&rsquo;s.&rdquo;</p><p>Democratic Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco says he wrote the bill to recognize non-traditional families&hellip;where there might be biological non-custodial fathers or surrogate mothers. The bill rises from the case of a child who had two legal mothers.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 01:09:48 +0000 Amy Quinton 1290 at http://kvpr.org DOJ Takes Merced County Off Voting Rights Act List http://kvpr.org/post/doj-takes-merced-county-voting-rights-act-list <p>The US Department of Justice announced this morning that it has reached an agreement with Merced County that will let election officials there avoid the process of having to clear many voting decisions with the federal government.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:41:09 +0000 Joe Moore 1288 at http://kvpr.org DOJ Takes Merced County Off Voting Rights Act List Audit of State's Hidden Surplus Money Due Next Week http://kvpr.org/post/audit-states-hidden-surplus-money-due-next-week <p>We should learn next week whether there’s any more hidden surplus money in California state special funds. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the Finance Department plans to release its audit of those accounts after 54 million dollars in surplus money was found in two parks funds.</p> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 01:30:51 +0000 Amy Quinton 1275 at http://kvpr.org Audit of State's Hidden Surplus Money Due Next Week