General fund revenue just keeps climbing, which would seem to be good news for Democratic lawmakers, who are already proposing new social services spending. They’ll have to get through Gov. Jerry Brown, however, who has used his budget press conferences over the past few years to warn that it could all quickly go south.
Expect them to butt heads again this year, especially as they try to resolve lingering disputes over the state’s crumbling roads and an expected funding shortfall for health care for the poor. Brown will draw the first line in the sand today when he releases his budget proposal, 10 a.m. in Room 1190 of the Capitol.
Jim Miller and David Siders have a preview of the major issues to watch for, like how much of the billions in new tax revenue is set aside for the reserve fund and whether Brown puts forward a plan for the money generated by California’s cap-and-trade program.
NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS: California has many laws limiting the information that employers can seek from applicants regarding their criminal histories, including prohibitions on asking about arrests that didn’t result in convictions or non-felony convictions for marijuana possession that are more than two years old. The Fair Employment and Housing Council is bringing all of those together in an updated policy that will also provide guidance on how practices not explicitly banned could still be considered discriminatory and illegal. It will vote on a draft of the regulations at its 10 a.m. meeting in Room 127 of the Capitol.
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PLAST-ICK: Plastic pollution has become a hot environmental topic at the Capitol in the past few years, with lawmakers passing bans on plastic bags (now on hold pending a referendum this November) and plastic microbeads. What might be next? The California Latino Legislative Caucus and the Monterey Bay Aquarium host a policy briefing about the impact of plastic pollution on the state’s oceans, rivers and wildlife, 11 a.m. in Room 126 of the Capitol.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, who turns 56 today. Is she wishing for success in the U.S. Senate race?