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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - John Pérez
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin is running for state controller.
California lawmakers, including two Democrats who are on leave after being charged with criminal offenses, have reported thousands of dollars in gifts and travel expenses they received from donors.
California's political watchdog agency on Monday levied the largest lobbying fine in its history against a firm that violated campaign-contribution laws, mostly related to expensive parties thrown for top political leaders including Gov. Jerry Brown and dozens of state lawmakers.
Assembly Speaker John Perez said Wednesday that the Legislature will try this year to find a way to start paying down California's massive unfunded liability for teacher pensions, which makes up the largest portion of the state's deficit and is estimated as high as $80 billion.
Majority Democrats chose Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego on Wednesday to take over as Assembly speaker later this year, making it likely that the incoming leaders of both legislative chambers will come from the same half of California for the first time in nearly two decades.
After decades of fighting with tight-fisted taxpayers and Republicans for more money, California's Democrats finally saw the revenue floodgates open Tuesday.
California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first to require public schools to include in social studies curricula the contributions of gays and lesbians.
The solution should include payments from the state, school districts and individual teachers, he said.
"Further delays only mean further costs and further exposures for the state's general fund," said Perez, D-Los Angeles.