VIDEO: Dan Walters says in his latest report that Gov. Jerry Brown's tax ballot measure could be in trouble, if the demise of Proposition 29's cigarette tax is any indication of what's to come in November.
Finishing up the state budget, with votes expected Tuesday, isn't the only issue on the Legislature's to-do list.
A legislative conference committee is expected to act this week on a negotiated package of bills, sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris, that are aimed at protecting California homeowners facing foreclosure.
Today, a coalition of homeowners, unions, clergy members, and Occupy groups are rallying on the Capitol's west steps at 10 a.m. to urge a moratorium on foreclosures altogether.
Inside the building, United Farm Workers and the California Domestic Workers Coalition are marking the 74th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which set a federal minimum wage, by calling for protections to be extended to farmworkers and domestic workers to end a "shameful legacy of racism," a news release says.
They're backing two measures: UFW-sponsored Assembly Bill 1313, by Assemblyman Michael Allen, to provide overtime pay for farm workers after eight hours a day or 40 hours a week, and CDWC-sponsored Assembly Bill 889, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, to end the exclusion of domestic workers from labor protections such as overtime pay and rest breaks.
Listed participants include California NAACP Executive Director Robert Rooks and UFW President Arturo Rodriguez, as well as Sen. Curren Price and Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, the chairs of the Black and Latino legislative caucuses. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol basement dining room.
Meanwhile, today could be the day that the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law. As David Siders reported last week, California became the first state in the nation to establish an insurance exchange, and the Brown administration says it will remain intact -- but what that will look like is unclear.
CAKE AND CANDLES: Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, celebrates his 57th birthday today.