CA lawmakers vote on a budget, send it to Governor Gavin Newsom

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, Senate Speaker Pro Tem Toni Atkins, left, of San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, of Lakewood, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.  Families and a small business economy ravaged by the coronavirus and a state agency torn apart by related fraud that could top $2 billion are some of the issues the two legislative leaders and their members face when they return. at the Capitol in the New Year.

FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, Senate Speaker Pro Tem Toni Atkins, left, of San Diego, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, of Lakewood, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Families and a small business economy ravaged by the coronavirus and a state agency torn apart by related fraud that could top $2 billion are some of the issues the two legislative leaders and their members face when they return. at the Capitol in the New Year.

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS VOTE ON BUDGET

Via Lindsey Holden…

California lawmakers passed their version of the state budget on Monday – but negotiations with Governor Gavin Newsom continue as key aspects of the spending plan remain unresolved.

Members of Assembly and Senate approved the budget that legislative leaders announced about two weeks ago. Lawmakers passed the bills two days before their June 15 deadline, ensuring they will get paid.

President of the Senate Pro Tem Toni AtkinsD-San Diego and Assembly Speaker Anthony RendonD-Lakewood, have yet to resolve the differences between their budget and newsomMay revised plan.

And they must accomplish this before the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.

Inflation and gas price relief plans remain the main sticking point. Newsom and legislative leaders disagree on who gets the money, how much they get and how it should be distributed.

Newsom wants to give $400 to all vehicle owners, with a cap of $800 for two cars. The motor vehicle department (DMV) would contract with a third-party provider to help distribute the funds using debit cards.

Atkins and Rendon favor giving $200 to all taxpayers earning $125,000 or less a year — $250,000 for joint filers.

Their plan would also provide an additional $200 for each dependent, as well as funding for residents in need who do not pay income tax.

Legislators are proposing to distribute the money through the Franchise Tax Council (FTB) the same agency that administered California’s Golden State Stimulus program.

A Assembly Budget Committee the hearing showed lawmakers and Newsom are still committed to their respective plans. While some lawmakers said they felt their plan was fairer, a The Department of Finance a staffer said Newsom’s plan would reach more Californians.

After lawmakers approved their budget, Newsom expressed concerns about several aspects of their spending plan, including the inflation-fighting agenda.

“While today is an important step forward, there is still work to be done,” said Anthony York, Newsom’s senior communications advisor. “Governor. Newsom would like to see more immediate and direct relief to help millions more families with rising gas, grocery and rent prices. The Governor’s plan includes an additional $3.5 billion in beyond what legislative leaders have proposed to help millions more people with day-to-day expenses.

CLIMATE PROTESTS AT THE CAPITOL

Activists from a trio of environmental groups are scheduled to demonstrate on Capitol Hill and on the US River near Newsom’s home on Tuesday, demanding that state officials crack down on polluters in the oil and gas industry.

The demonstrators will perform street theater in front of the headquarters of Western States Petroleum Associationthe oldest oil lobby group in the country, then walk to the steps of the Capitol. In the evening, activists will kayak on the American River near Newsom’s Fair Oaks residence, according to Aimee Dewingspokesperson for Last Chance Alliancewith who Extinction Rebellion and 350 Sacramento organize the demonstration.

Specifically, activists are calling on Newsom to stop issuing new oil and gas permits and institute a 3,200ft buffer zone between communities and oil wells.

The march to the Capitol will begin at noon at 14th and L streets. The “kayaktivist” action will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Recreation Area in Rancho Cordova.

THURMOND APPROVES ANTI-FLAVOURED TOBACCO REFERENDUM

November is campaign initiative season, and one of the big fights will be a referendum on a 2020 law, SB 793which banned the sale of flavored tobacco products in the state, including menthol cigarettes.

Proponents of law enforcement announced on Monday the approval of the state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

“The last thing students have to deal with when they go to school is the pressure and the temptation to try smoking,” Thurmond said in a statement. “Tobacco companies will use every dirty and deceptive trick in their playbook so they can keep hooking kids up to nicotine for huge profit. It’s time for California to stand up to Big Tobacco and say yes — we’ll vote in November to get rid of candy-flavored e-cigarettes and peppermint-menthol cigarettes for good.

Thurmond joins the leaders of the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers and the California School Boards Association to condemn the campaign against the ban.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“We have received a lot of information about the death threat we received yesterday. I really appreciate it. I’ve been getting a lot of death threats for years. They mostly relate to our civil rights work for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV I will continue to fight, despite death threats.

– Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, by Twitter.

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Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He covered crime and politics from the interior of Alaska to the oil patch of North Dakota to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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