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Income gap widens in nation, California

July 15, 2010
Jean Ross at the California Budget Project comments on a study by her group's sister organization in Washington that shows rising income inequality in America. The same has been true in California, Ross says, citing Franchise Tax Board numbers for 1993-2008. The share of income going to the top fifth of personal income taxpayers has increased while that going to the bottom 80 percent has declined.

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Immigration bill would allow resident status for half million young Californians

July 14, 2010
More than a half million young Californians who are in the country illegally could qualify for legal status under legislation pending in Congress, according to a new study by a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that focuses on immigration issues.

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Clinics won’t be paid if impasse drags on

July 14, 2010
The governor and the state controller had said California's health clinics would continue to be paid this summer even if lawmakers fail to pass a budget. But now they are admitting that if the impasse lasts through August, an emergency fund set aside for the clinics will be exhausted. Shane Goldmacher has the story in the LA Times.

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Lawmakers try to restore cancer screening for uninsured women

July 12, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year restricted eligibility and froze enrollment in a program that provides breast and cervical exams for uninsured women. Now Democrats in the Legislature are trying to restore the service. HealthyCal correspondent Megan Baier has the story.

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Private health plans push back against governor’s proposal

July 12, 2010
The managed health care industry is pushing back against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal for more transparency and state oversight -- but not regulation -- of the premiums insurance companies charge their customers.

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Schwarzenegger proposes insurance rate review, but not regulation

July 7, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has opposed regulating the rates charged by health insurance companies, has submitted a proposal to the federal government for a state program to review and publicize rate increases before they go into effect.

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Brown, Whitman in dead heat for governor

July 7, 2010
Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman are in a virtual tie in their race for governor, according to the latest Field Poll released today. Brown leads 44-43, which is within the survey's margin of error. Here are some of the most interesting nuggets from the poll:

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ARB moves to limit greenhouse gas from development, transportation

July 6, 2010
The California Air Resources Board is taking the first steps to implement a new state law that will eventually require local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by better coordinating land-use planning, development and transportation. The board is considering targets for each region that would require the four largest metropolitan areas in the state to reduce their per-capita emissions in 2020 to 5 percent to 10 percent below the levels that existed in 2005.

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Santa Clara proposes new tax for Healthy Kids program

July 6, 2010
Santa Clara County leaders are proposing a $29 parcel tax to save a model program that has helped the county provide insurance to nearly every child who was without coverage.

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Fiorina on health reform: repeal, then replace

July 1, 2010
The Republican nominee for the US Senate says she favors importation of drugs from Canada, a government-run high-risk pool for the uninsured, and more funding for community clinics to serve the poor. She would also like to see health insurance premiums tied to consumer behavior.

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