‘Economic Uncertainties’ May Force Davis to Veto Workers’ Compensation Bill
Gov. Gray Davis (D) "hinted" yesterday that "economic uncertainties" resulting from the state's "sluggish" economy could prompt him to veto "costly" legislation passed by state lawmakers this month, including a bill (SB 71) that would increase workers' compensation, the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The bill would boost compensation benefits for injured workers by about $2.5 billion to $3 billion per year. "We have to tighten our belts and make sure any actions we take contribute to economic stability and not economic instability," Davis said. Davis has until Oct. 14 to sign or veto hundreds of bills passed by state lawmakers before the Legislature adjourned Sept. 15 (AP/San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/20).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.