Governor Brown's proposed budget would relieve Medi-Cal providers of the obligation to pay the state back for the 10 percent rate cut enacted in 2011.
The California Medical Association says that’s a step in the right direction. But doctors and other health providers would still be subject to the rate cut in the future.The new budget would continue the state’s transition of low income, elderly and disabled people into more coordinated care.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg wants to exempt vehicle fuels from California’s cap-and-trade system, which they’re currently set to enter next year. Instead, he wants a carbon tax at the gas pump.
Affordable housing projects in California lost their most reliable funding source when the state dissolved redevelopment agencies a couple of years ago. Now, there’s growing support to find money for affordable housing once again.
Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.
Governor Jerry Brown has landed a big win in court. The three judge panel overseeing state prisons has given the Brown Administration an additional two years to downsize the inmate population by another 5,000 inmates.
California is “in the money” once again with January revenues surpassing Governor Jerry Brown’s budget estimates.