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California wants to give a tax credit to the working poor but people aren’t signing up

A top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown, Controller Betty Yee and others said they are trying to get the state’s very poor to file returns and receive refunds from the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit. Almost $200 million was paid out for the 2015 tax year. Supporters launched “Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week” on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

National

Mexico to Trump: We won’t take your unwanted immigrants

Mexico is not happy – actually angry – about President Donald Trump expectation that it would hold U.S. asylum applicants while they fight their cases in U.S. courts. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed Wednesday that Mexico will not accept the Trump’s administration “unilateral” directives and that President Enrique Peña Nieto would make that clear directly to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly when they meet on Thursday.

Dan Walters

Are our softer criminal laws a factor in officer’s killing?

The murder of Polly Klaas in 1993 created such revulsion that California adopted a tough “three strikes and you’re out” sentencing law. In recent years, criminal laws have been softened, and some authorities say that is to blame for a spike in crime rates. The slaying of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer should spark a re-examination of those softer laws.

Politics & Government

Sessions pressures ‘uncomfortable’ DeVos to end transgender protections, report says

DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order that would rescind protections for transgender students in public schools and told President Donald Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.

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It's California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week

Tech entrepreneur Joseph N. Sanberg talks about the importance of the state Earned Income Tax Credit to low-income Californians. "It means more food for their kids. It means more clothing on their kids' backs," he said. Video courtesy CalEITC 4 ME.
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It's California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week

California Rep. Tom McClintock faces passionate town hall crowd 1:39

California Rep. Tom McClintock faces passionate town hall crowd

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President Trump goes face to face with the news media

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Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at OES about asking for federal aid on dam