California lawmakers to tackle health care, road funding

Jun 29, 2015 1:58 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have been tasked with tackling long-term funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of tax increases is already causing some political hand-wringing.

Gov. Jerry Brown has called two special legislative sessions and wants lawmakers to work out a financing plan for repairing highways as well as funding Medi-Cal, the state medical insurance program for the poor.

Medi-Cal has ballooned and now covers one in three Californians. There are common complaints about patients not having access to doctors and dentists.

Lawmakers don't agree on how to fix either program.

Republicans are pushing their own transportation plans to avoid raising taxes. They say the Democratic governor is backing off a pledge not to raise taxes without going to the ballot.

Brown says he's open to raising taxes and fees without voter approval.

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