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$15 an hour minimum wage is pure fiction

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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California lawmakers OK $15 minimum wage

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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NY state in tentative deal to raise minimum wage toward $15 an hour

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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California Senate approves measure to raise minimum wage to $15

"The new minimum wage crusade will result in ALL wages increasing, but it will benefit the rich more than the financially challenged. The crusade to put a “band aid” on the wound of these ever increasing costs, is to raise the minimum wage. The better solution would be to HEAL the wound by DECREASING the over regulations, over taxation, and uncontrollable “fees” on businesses that are slight inconveniences to those making the big bucks but the California financially challenged will continue to disproportionally pick up the costs “camouflaged" at businesses. Again, our elected officials never look at the unintended consequence of higher wages for everyone will benefit the rich more than those on minimum wage via those annual Cost of Living Adjustments in the years ahead. The separation of the rich from the financially challenged continues to be perpetuated with the “traditional” COLA wage adjustments. Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) to wages favors the well paid: A 3% COLA adjustment for someone making $100K will result in their compensation being almost $135K in 10 years, but for someone making $30K, their compensation will be $40K in 10 years. The differential being $24K more for the well compensated as the financially challenged continue to fall further behind. Is it fair to give a COLA adjustment to someone making the big bucks $24K more than the person making lower wages for “their” cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and health care? These higher wage folks are eating similar foods and using the same fuels for their cars as those making fewer wages. Throwing money as a band aid to cover the rising costs for everyone buys votes for reelection, but does not heal the wound of why the costs are rising."

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 Special interests spend big in mayor's race

Independent expenditure committees can spend all they want supporting candidatesOne backed by city firefighters is supporting Angelique AshbyThree representing business and building groups are backing Darrell Steinberg … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Darrell Steinberg
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 The Latest: California Senate backs nail salon tipping bill

The Latest on activity in the California Legislature (all times local): … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Legislature, Connie Leyva, Richard Pan
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 Pink razors and blue razors should cost the same under gender-pricing measure the California Senate just approved

California politics updates: State budget plans move forward, Rep. Lofgren clashes with professor over transgender rights May 26, 2016, 12:40 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what ... »Read

In this article: Loni Hancock, Ben Hueso, Connie Leyva, John Moorlach, state budget
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 Accomplice of notorious 'Freeway Killer' fatally beaten in prison

An accomplice of serial killer William G. Bonin — the so-called Freeway Killer who murdered as many as 21 people along Southern California’s highways — has died after being beaten by another inmate at Mule Creek State Prison, authorities ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Tony Rackauckas, water
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 Bill banning 'gender tax' clears California Senate

SB 899 prohibits retailers from charging men and women separate prices for similar productsSupporters say women face 'gender tax' on consumer goodsPasses 22-12 over opposition from business groups … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Cathleen Galgiani, Steven Glazer, Ben Hueso, Connie Leyva, John Moorlach, Bob Wieckowski
Bills: SB 899,
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 Only a fourth of SLO County mail in ballots returned

San Luis Obispo County residents have returned 24,032 of about 100,000 ballots that were mailed out earlier this month. About two thirds of county voters are currently registered to vote by mail. In the last primary election, approximately 60,000 ... »Read

In this article: Debbie Arnold, John Peschong
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 You can thank the drought for improved water quality at Southern California beaches

First, the good news: For the second year running, water quality at Southern California beaches has shown marked improvement. The bad news? The cleaner summertime surf is a side effect of the state’s ongoing drought, according to a report ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Drought, water
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 $15 minimum wage will lead to robots, says McDonald's ex-CEO. Will it?

The former chief executive spoke while 'Fight for $15' protesters marched in front of McDonald's headquarters outside of Chicago.  »Read

In this article: LEE L. ADLER, minimum wage
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 Watchdog group shows 'cozy' emails between state regulators and utility executives

The Santa Monica consumer group that prompted an investigation into contacts by the top aide for Gov. Jerry Brown with regulated utilities earlier this year has built a searchable public database of thousands of internal emails to and from her ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jamie Court, Fair Political Practices Commission, Nancy McFadden, Michael R. Peevey
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 Connecticut's top court upholds ban on death penalty in state

(Reuters) - Connecticut's top court on Thursday upheld its ban on executions in the state in a decision that will spare the lives of 11 death row inmates. »Read

In this article: Legislature, Richard Robinson, Richard Robinson, Michael C. Ross
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 Hispanic congressman: California Dems lack of support for Loretta Sanchez is 'disgraceful'

Rep. Filemon Vela sounds a lot like Bernie Sanders in his criticism of the state party for endorsing Kamala Harris for the Senate. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, Thomas Del Beccaro, Robert B. Garcia, Kamala Harris, Dolores Huerta, John A. Perez, PPIC, Anthony Rendon, Loretta Sanchez, Luis Vizcaino
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 Election high jinks? Why these interest groups are backing a Republican and a Democrat in the same Assembly race

The California Realtors Assn. has put more than $207,000 toward getting Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) reelected in a tough intra-party fight in the Inland Empire. But instead of sticking to a single candidate, the political power ... »Read

In this article: Leo Briones, Cheryl Brown, Brian W. Maas, SEIU, Parke Skelton
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 California bill would ban smoking at youth sports events

The California Senate has voted to ban smoking within 250 feet of youth sporting events. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Patricia Bates, Richard Pan
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 "Done with Dunn" Website Debuts

A new website link was sent to us that goes after former Sate Senator Joe Dunn.  Done with Dunn isn’t a blog, but it’s a collection of actual hardcopy news articles chronicling Dunn’s firing from the California State Bar designed ... »Read

In this article: Lou Correa, Joseph Dunn, John Lucas, Loretta Sanchez
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 Margins in the Middle

Mapping ethnic enclaves, by Eric Brightwell. »Read
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 For California Senate Seat, a Democrat-vs.-Democrat Contest Looms

Dan Schnur: It is increasingly likely that California voters will be offered a general-election choice not between a Democrat and a Republican but between two Democrats for their open U.S. Senate seat. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, John McCain, Barack Obama, PPIC, Loretta Sanchez, Dan Schnur, Pete Wilson
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 Surf's up! 21 Summer shows worth staying in to watch

One thing you can say for the summer: It's all just reruns on TV, leaving you room to catch up on shows you've missed or to read or watch the sunset or — sorry, I thought I was back in the 20th century for a second. In fact, as will happen now ... »Read

In this article: John P. Hughes, Robert King
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 QUIRK-SILVA DENOUNCES POLITICIAN TRUMP USING HATE SPEECH FOR PERSONAL POLITICAL GAIN

  FULLERTON, CA—In response to his visit to Orange County today, full-time classroom teacher and 65th Assembly District candidate Sharon Quirk-Silva today denounced presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his past and ... »Read

In this article: Melissa Fox, Sharon Quirk-Silva
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 In reversal, House backs LGBT rights for federal contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) — After party leaders let Republican lawmakers vote as they wished, the House reversed course and approved a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Darrell Issa, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, David G. Valadao, Mimi Walters
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 Why Trump Just Might Win

Two new California polls are showing what is becoming increasingly clear across the nation: there is a very good chance that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.  On Monday, Survey USA, which has a good track record in ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton
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 Stay Out of California, Chicago!

Dear Chicago, Would you kindly remove your thick, stubby hands from my beautiful state? C’mon—don’t try to look all Midwestern and innocent. You know exactly what I’m talking about. For years Chicago has been grabbing signature California ... »Read

In this article: Joe Mathews, state budget
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 We Can No Longer Ignore Crumbling Transportation Infrastructure

Jon Coupal’s recent argument against raising transportation fees or taxes (Profligate Waste Negates Justification for Transportation Tax Hike relies on an apparent premise that since existing transportation revenues are being misspent and/or ... »Read

In this article: Jon Coupal, Legislature
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 Upgrading the Last Hollywood Studio

Last week, the City held a public hearing on the proposed 25-year Master Plan for Paramount Pictures. This storied studio, which dates back to 1912, is the last remaining major studio located in Hollywood proper. Warner Bros., Columbia, Fox and ... »Read

In this article: Film tax
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 Oil vs. environmentalists: A fight within the Democratic family

Democrat-on-Democrat races for Legislature aren’t the normOil companies are supporting business-friendly candidatesEnvironmentalist Tom Steyer is weighing in with his own money … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: James T. Beall, Raul Bocanegra, Cheryl Brown, Nora Campos, Gil Duran, Legislature, Thomas F. Steyer
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 AM Alert: Presidential campaign heats up in California

Nominations may be all but clinched, but candidates have turned California into battleground state … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Alex Padilla, water
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 California schools need more parental involvement

Engagement of families is crucial for student successParental role is especially important for learning disabled, migrant and foster kidsBill would take money from Proposition 98 to help local schools … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: California School Boards Association, Proposition 98
Bills: AB 2680,
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 Remembering Marcia Moody: The Amazing Legislator Who Took On ALEC and Austerity

John NicholsA New Hampshire progressive, who became one of the nation’s leading critics of corporate dominance of state legislatures, has died. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, global warming, Legislature, minimum wage, renewable energy, water
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 Essential California: Donald Trump and his protesters

Good morning. It is Thursday, May 26. Here's what is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Moths to a flame At least five people were arrested after an Anaheim rally featuring presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Jackie Goldberg, Kamala Harris, Christine Kehoe, Sheila Kuehl, Carole Migden, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, water
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 Climate changes is the most pressing issue of our time. So why isn't it getting more play in the election?

With the exception of a handful of quacks and deniers, the vast majority of scientists believe that human activity – primarily the burning of fossil fuels – is driving up temperatures around the world, and that the pace of global ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Drought, global warming, renewable energy, water
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 At a rowdy but peaceful rally in Anaheim, Trump hits immigration hard

Obama: Other world leaders tell me they're 'rattled' by Donald Trump May 26, 2016, 4:32 a.m. President Obama says Donald Trump has other global leaders concerned about the stability of the world order. Obama says Trump is more concerned with ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Michael Finnegan, Eric Garcetti, illegal immigration
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 Today: Battle for the Golden State. Don't Let the Banana Trip You Up.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES The Battle for the Golden State When three presidential candidates hit Southern California for a day of campaigning, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Skelton
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 Essential Politics: What happens when all three candidates campaign in California

I’m Christina Bellantoni. This is Essential Politics. There was no blood spilled and no tear gas. Donald Trump’s rally in Anaheim Wednesday drew a huge — and happy — crowd, with just a few clashes between supporters and protesters resulting ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Michael Finnegan, Roger Hernandez, Ben Hueso, George Skelton
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 Newly powerful Sanders flexes Senate muscles

Suddenly a national figure, he's injecting himself into legislative fights from the campaign trail. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats, water
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 Puerto Rico clears first hurdle with committee vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to help Puerto Rico manage its crippling finances cleared its first hurdle Wednesday with approval from a Republican-led House committee. The bill to create a financial control board and restructure some of the ... »Read

In this article: Tom McClintock, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi
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 State Department email report complicates Clinton's message

[...] a new government report about her usage of a private email server as secretary of state is complicating that message. The sharp rebuke from the State Department's inspector general, which found Clinton did not seek legal approval for her ... »Read

In this article: Michael Briggs, Hillary Clinton, Same-sex marriage
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 California poll: Clinton and Sanders in virtual dead heat

Fueled by independents and younger voters fed up with both parties, Bernie Sanders has clawed his way back from a seemingly insurmountable deficit to draw nearly even with Hillary Clinton in California, a new poll finds less than two weeks before ... »Read

In this article: Mark Baldassare, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Dolores Huerta, Dan Newman, Barack Obama, PPIC, Ben Tulchin
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 Roger Goodell's shell-game response to charges of NFL influence over brain-injury grants

The NFL commissioner is trying to discredit a congressional staff report by claiming a procedural foul. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, Robert Stern
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 Opinions > Running scared > Congressman Doug LaMalfa is slinging mud, big time, against Republican rival Joe Montes.

Doug LaMalfa is nervous. That’s what popped into my mind when I saw the hit piece targeting Joe Montes, the Chico Republican who’s vying for... »Read

In this article: Samuel Aanestad, Dave Gilliard, Doug LaMalfa, Mark Spannagel
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 Tree mortality skyrockets in 2016 wildfire season

Despite the rain and snow, California is experiencing unprecedented levels of tree mortality. »Read

In this article: Daniel Berlant, Drought, water
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 Why Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't endorsed a presidential candidate - and why he should

Gov. Jerry Brown has endorsed a candidate for the U.S. Senate. He has also embraced one running for Congress in Compton. And for Sacramento mayor. But Brown still has not taken sides in the presidential race between fellow Democrats Hillary Clinton ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Isadore Hall, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, Barack Obama, Dan Schnur, Darry Sragow, Darrell Steinberg, David Townsend
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 PPIC poll: Clinton, Sanders toe-to-toe in CA*

<p>The latest polls in California show that <a href=http:* <p><b>Politico's Carla Marinucci</b>: "<span>With just two weeks until the June 7 primary, Hillary Clinton's once-robust lead over Democratic ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Assembly Democrats, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton, Thomas Del Beccaro, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris, Roger Hernandez, High-Speed Rail, Carla Marinucci, PPIC, Anthony Rendon, Dana Rohrabacher, Loretta Sanchez, Duf Sundheim
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 Barking Loud

Big Oil throws weight around in race for 3rd District. »Read

In this article: Kamala Harris, SEIU, water
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 As Democratic race tightens in California, ads hit airwaves from Clinton, Sanders

The race in California is getting closer. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Dolores Huerta, PPIC
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 Assembly Democrats Push For Increased Funding For Child Care, Welfare

By Ben BradfordDemocrats in the California State Assembly will push to add funding for early childhood care programs in next year’s budget, and pay for it by delaying spending proposed by Governor Jerry Brown. Speaker Anthony Rendon says the ... »Read

In this article: Assembly Democrats, Assembly Republicans, Jerry Brown, Anthony Rendon
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 Sanders Nearly Catches Clinton In New California Poll

By Ben AdlerA new Public Policy Institute of California poll shows Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in very tight race for the Democratic presidential primary.   Clinton's two-point lead among likely Democratic primary voters (46 percent ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, California Republican Party, cigarette tax, Hillary Clinton, Thomas Del Beccaro, Kamala Harris, PPIC, Loretta Sanchez
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 California cap-and-trade auction falls far short, delivering blow to state revenue and bullet train financing

The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell sharply below expectations, as buyers snapped up just 2% of the carbon credits whose sale funds a variety of state programs -- notably, the proposed high-speed rail ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, global warming, greenhouse gas, High-Speed Rail, Legislature
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