California environmental regulators, taking a defiant stand against President Donald Trump, reaffirmed their commitment Thursday to tough air pollution standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars. The California Air Resources Board, meeting in Riverside, voted to stick with tailpipe emissions regulations that were launched in California and adopted by former President Barack Obama.
California lawmakers will be presented soon with a package to raise billions of dollars to maintain and repair roads. Supporters say state highways and local roads are falling into disrepair because of a lack of funding. Any package needs to pass with a two-thirds vote and supporters have set an April 6, 2017, deadline.
In the November 2016 election, California voters approved Proposition 57, establishing earlier parole opportunities for nonviolent felons. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said new rules it has developed will help keep the prison population below a court-ordered limit.
The failure of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act gives California’s insurance marketplace a reprieve. It also could give legislators an opportunity to more closely examine and address Obamacare’s drawbacks in any future replacement legislation.
Board of Equalization Member Jerome Horton’s use of civil servants comes under scrutiny in a new audit from the California Department of Finance. The board has taken steps to curb some promotional events that have blurred the lines between taxpayer education and political grandstanding.
Republicans exulted in November when they won the White House and both congressional chambers, promising aggressive moves on health care, taxes and immigration. But a spectacular stumble by House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump on repealing Obamacare and passing a new health bill begs the question of whether the party will be able to get anything done if it can’t deliver on that promise.
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, Republican from North Carolina, led the conservative House Freedom Caucus this week in rebellion against Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to unravel Obamacare. President Trump and others at the White House were constantly in touch with Meadows, hoping to make a deal.
Counties with a relatively high percentage of Hillary Clinton voters uniformly are more likely to believe that global warming is happening. The opposite is true of counties with a high percentage of Trump voters.
The statewide unemployment rate dipped to 5 percent, compared to 5.1 percent in January, according to the California Employment Development Department’s monthly jobs report released on Friday. The state added 22,900 jobs in February, up slightly from January’s 15,300 jobs.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said a scheduled public hearing for next week was canceled so that they could get vital, but classified, information from the directors of the FBI and the NSA. But the ranking Democrat on the committee said he believes it was to dodge urged by a White House upset at the notion that the committee will be putting out more public information
The Trump administration has removed a key hurdle for completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, but the project still faces substantial challenges. It must obtain a permit from Nebraska and overcome likely litigation from environmental groups and affected Native American tribes.