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Let State Gasoline Refiners Pay A Gouge Gap Tax To Fix California’s Roads

California oil companies churning out gasoline have gouged Californians for billions of dollars at the pump for years. That’s why Californians that already pay among the highest prices for gas in the nation should not be stuck with a $52 billion tab for fixing the state’s roads.

Instead, lawmakers should vote no on Governor Jerry Brown’s SB 1 legislation until it puts a Gouge Gap Tax on oil refiners instead of taxing consumers at the pump.

Tax Oil Refiners’ Windfall Profits, Not Consumers, To Fix California’s Roads

This morning, Governor Jerry Brown penned another agreement with yet another country—Scotland—on combating climate change. Then he testified before legislative committees on behalf of SB1, his bill to raise gas taxes at the pump to pay for needed road repairs by $52 billion over ten years, and a Senate panel passed it

Nurses Engage On Next Health Care Revolution

The California Nurses Association has been at the forefront of every major change in health care in California over the last three decades – – be it HMO patients' rights or safe staffing levels for patients in California hospitals.  Now the nurses see our health care future clearly again.

Are Medical Board Examiners Relying On Alternative Facts?

The Medical Board of California should soon have to answer for its failure to properly investigate accusations that a doctor's negligence harmed or killed a patient.

It would be unthinkable to decide the merits of a rape case without collecting evidence and interviewing both the victim and the accused. It is equally inconceivable that the Medical Board would close a complaint involving potentially life-threatening negligence after a medical expert gets only the doctor’s side of the story. Yet that appears to be the outcome of too many patient complaints to the Board. 

First Big Test for Attorney General Becerra: Investigating Sempra and SoCalGas

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra has just been confirmed. Now he's got a big test in front of him. Our public interest group, together with Food & Water Watch, just wrote him, urging him to investigate unfair business practices in the manipulation of Los Angeles natural gas supplies by Southern California Gas, its parent Sempra, and pipeline manager Kinder Morgan.

Why Did Campaign Watchdog Kill Campaign Disclosure?

AB 700, to improve disclosure in political ads and ferret out the true source of campaign funding, was killed in the legislature this week by a surprising foe: the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Consumer Watchdog submited a Public Records Act request to the FPPC today to try to get to the bottom of this mystery, asking for all communications into and out of the Commission on AB 700, and other key reform bills that were killed or watered down beyond efficacy this year.

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