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.
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.
The Department of Education on Wednesday withdrew the directive from President Barack Obama’s administration telling public school districts across the nation that they must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.
Right-to-work attorneys are advancing lawsuits challenging dues collection by the California Teachers Association and SEIU Local 1000. The Supreme Court split 4-4 on its last union dues case. Will Neil Gorsuch tip the balance?
The federal government plans to enlist the help of local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws as part of tougher deportation rules issued Tuesday. Sacramento police don’t plan to help, but it’s unclear whether Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones will partner with federal agents.
A Yosemite National Park trademark challenge pits two competing intellectual property valuations against one another, one for the National Park Service and one for Delaware North, the park’s former concessionaire.
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.
The threat of an emergency spillway collapse at the Oroville Dam has catapulted flood safety to the forefront of California lawmakers’ consciousness. Hearings are planned to review the security of dams and levees, and a $500 million bond has been proposed to shore up flood-control mechanisms statewide.
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.
Republicans who six years ago rode a wave of Tea Party discontent at town halls targeting congressional members are now skipping them to avoid giving Democrats the opportunity to strike back with the same tactic.
Republican Congressman Tom McClintock faced a crowd of about 500 at a town hall meeting in Mariposa, the heart of his sprawling 4th congressional district. The audience was friendlier than his last in Roseville a few weeks ago, but not much.
Luis Bracamontes is charged with killing two Sacramento-area deputies in October 2014, but his lawyers say he can’t get a fair trial because of media coverage and the new president’s immigration policies.
A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento seeking class-action status charges that courts around the country have adopted a new policy to deny bail hearings to undocumented immigrants in detention – based on a decision by a San Francisco judge that was distilled into an eight-page memo.
Tires on four vehicles were slashed Tuesday February 21, 2017 outside a town hall for Republican Congressman Tom McClintock in Mariposa, according to the the California Highway Patrol. Despite rumors that all four vehicles displayed Bernie Sanders bumper stickers, police have not discovered a link between the victims or the cars.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Tuesday a public-private partnership with Sutter Health that could bring as much as $20 million to help fund a program to allocate federal housing vouchers to homeless people.
While he’s spent more than a decade as a public figure, climbing the ranks of California politics to become president pro tem of the California Senate, the story of how Kevin Alexander Leon got the name Kevin de León has gone largely unnoticed – and untold.
California Assembly committees on Accountability and Administrative Review, Public Employees Retirement and Social Security and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus are holding a hearing on the gender pay gap in civil service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Capitol in Sacramento.
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
President Trump goes face to face with the news media
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at OES about asking for federal aid on dam