A Lively Chat Between Dan Jacobson of Environment California, Linda Adams, Former California EPA Secretary and now Partner with Clean Tech Advocates, & Loren Kaye, Head of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education
By Anthony Wright
Saturday, the California Legislature passed historic legislation to expand Medi-Cal to over one million Californians, as well as key budget trailer bills that restore many dental services to over three million Californians and other k…
Congressional Republicans and others opposed to the California high speed rail project had been hoping the Surface Transportation Board would give them a big win and block construction of the HSR project this summer. But that won’t be happening. Instead the STB has ruled in favor of the California HSR project, granting the section from Merced to Fresno an exemption from STB approval rules.
California’s students deserve a public school system that will provide them the tools they need to develop a solid foundation of academic achievement. The Legislature can start us on a path toward this goal by passing Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula.
Under the formula, the existing complex and outdated bureaucratic structure would be replaced with a new local system that gives schools the flexibility to direct education dollars to school districts and students that need it most. No district would lose funding. This change simply would help level the playing field and Read more »
The “Choose California Act” was one of hundreds of Assembly bills volleyed into the Senate during the end-of-May frenzy before the deadline for legislation to leave its house of origin.
When it began its legislative life, the well-intentioned measure, AB 199, was eight paragraphs long. The bill sent to the Senate for its consideration on a 77 to 0 vote had been reduced to one, 30-word paragraph:
“All California state-owned or state-run institutions and all public universities, public schools and school districts in California are encouraged to purchase agricultural products grown in California to the extent possible.”
By Randy Shaw
In The Unwinding, New Yorker political writer George Packer argues that elite-driven economic policies have negatively “unwound” the lives of millions of Americans. This view is hardly uncommon, yet the June 9, 2013 Sunday New York Times …