California transportation, health financing remain undone

Sep 10, 2015 6:08 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are likely to adjourn their regular session Friday without completing two major legislative initiatives for the year: transportation and health care financing.

So far, Democratic proposals to add a $65 vehicle registration fee and raise the cigarette tax by $2 per pack have been panned by Republicans, whose support they need to pass on a two-thirds vote.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins of San Diego says the Legislature will form a special committee this fall to figure out how to pay for an estimated $59 billion backlog in state repairs in the next decade.

Lawmakers also are continuing to vet proposals to fund Medi-Cal, the state's medical insurance program for the poor.

Gov. Jerry Brown says it will take a while but he has time to strike deals.

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