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Minimum Wage, Highway Funding Bills Proposed

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

The 20 California senators elected last month take their oaths of office Monday at the state Capitol in Sacramento.

Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

Bills introduced by Democrats at Monday's opening day of the new California legislative session include one that would again raise the minimum wage – it most recently went up last year – and another one that would provide health care coverage for undocumented immigrants. That bill failed last year, and right now, supporters are still trying to figure out how they would pay for that expansion.

Republicans are putting forth a measure intended to delay the implementation of a state environmental regulation that is expected to increase the cost of gas at the pump. They’ve also proposed a measure that would redirect some state budget money to infrastructure projects such as roads and highways.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio