Pin the tail on the donkey: Democrats vie for party endorsement…but why?

Ben Christopher
Contributing Writer, CALmatters

If the June 5 primary is the prelude to the November general election, the California Democratic Party is set to hold a prelude to the prelude. This weekend members of the state’s dominant party will meet in San Diego for its annual convention. Platform writing and morale boosting aside, the main task will be to […]

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California already may be paying for Trump’s hypothetical tax cuts

Ben Christopher
Contributing Writer, CALmatters

Tax reform may not be much more than a glimmer in the eye of Republicans in Washington D.C., but their promise of lower rates and closed loopholes appears to be already jostling state and local finances. Exhibit One comes in the form of a disappointing haul for California tax collectors this summer. In June, the […]

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Why Some Experts Say a Court Just Created a New Pathway to “Tax” Californians

Ben Christopher
Contributing Writer, CALmatters

Could a few words buried within a recent court ruling make it easier for the state to raise money from Californians? Those words—contained within a decision affirming the constitutionality of California’s policy of charging polluters—are causing a stir among some state budget experts, who wonder if the ruling could be used to could pry loose […]

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Trump suggests yanking fed dollars if California’s a ‘sanctuary’—can he do that?

Ben Christopher
Contributing Writer, CALmatters

The burgeoning political standoff between California and the Trump administration took another step into unprecedented terrain this week when, on a pre-Super Bowl televised interview, the President denounced California as “out of control” and contemplated cutting its federal funding. The threat came in response to moves by the Democratic-controlled Legislature toward providing additional legal protections […]

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