First week charts a course for state Legislature

Dec 7, 2014 11:53 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The first week of the new legislative session is providing a preview of the politics that will dominate the year ahead.

Democratic leaders say they will push for increased spending on education and social programs, while Republicans are striving for relevancy after a strong showing in legislative races last month.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, both Democrats, pledged to increase state funding to avoid tuition increases at the University of California.

Democrats also introduced bills seeking to raise the minimum wage and push health care expansion.

Republicans have recruited a more diverse field of lawmakers and are staking their position on college tuition freezes. They will attempt to repeal a greenhouse-gas reduction mandate that they characterize as a hidden gas tax.

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