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California was ordered by a federal court to reduce prison overcrowding, so they’ve finally come up with a plan and it was just released to the public. The idea is to reduce inmates’ sentences, while increasing its use of private prisons to meet a court-ordered population cap by the end of the year, under a plan Gov. Jerry Brown which was filed late Thursday.
The plan calls for early release credits for inmates and freeing elderly and incapacitated prisoners, while slowing the return of thousands of inmates who are being held in private prisons in other states. Gov Brown intends to seek a delay of those steps while he appeals the ruling on overcrowding, which already has been upheld once by the US Supreme Court.
Even though California is broke, the California Assembly has approved legislation authorizing about $4.5 billion in state bond funding for a high-speed rail system backed by Gov. Jerry Brown. On Thursday afternoon, lawmakers approved SB1029 on a 51-27 vote with Republicans opposing the measure.
Gov Jerry Brown and the Democrats of California can’t reach an agreement over his plan to curb public-employee pension costs before lawmakers break for vacation. Last year Brown proposed pushing state workers into a hybrid system combining elements of 401(k)-style savings plans commonly used by businesses with traditional defined-benefit pensions. Brown, 74, also wants to raise the retirement age to 67 from 55 for most employees and to ban practices known as pension spiking and double dipping.
The Brown Administration in California, has come up with a proposal, still being prepared, that would limit environmental challenges to California’s high-speed rail project, heightening legal standards under which a court could block construction. Apparently Brown isn’t listening to his advisors who said that there is no way the taxpayers or state could come up with the money needed to build the high speed rail, which would run between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
If Facebook’s stocks keep falling, the budget of California could take a major hit. Gov. Jerry Brown previously estimated the state would generate between $1.4 billion and $1.9 billion over the next 13 months from taxes related to sales of Facebook stock. The estimate was based on a price of $35 a share. But by Tuesday, stocks fell to $31 a share.