GOP Lawmakers Sketch Out Wish List For Funds Generated From Health Plan Tax
The Republicans want to direct the spending toward services for the developmentally disabled, reimbursements for certain skilled nursing facilities and paying off state debts. In other news, California voters will decide on legalizing marijuana in November, but the next president could shut it down.
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Here's What The Assembly GOP Wants In Negotiations For Healthcare-Plans Tax
Assembly Republicans are bellying up to the bargaining table over Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax package for healthcare plans, signaling a new phase in the negotiations that have slogged on for more than a year. A document obtained by The Times lays out the political and policy wish list for the Assembly GOP caucus. Most significantly, they want to direct more than $800 million in spending made possible by the new tax. (Mason, 2/18)
Will California Pot Legalization Survive The Presidential Election?
Californians will vote this fall on legalizing marijuana for recreation but whether Golden State residents can break out the bongs could depend on what happens at the top of the ballot. The next president has the power to shut down marijuana sales in the states that have legalized it, and two of the candidates, Republicans Marco Rubio and Ben Carson, have suggested they would. While marijuana remains forbidden under federal law, President Barack Obama has allowed pot sales in states such as Colorado, Oregon and Washington that have legalized recreational marijuana under state law. (Cockerham, 2/18)