Here's today's column, on the false hope that regulating health plan profits will control medical costs.
Posted by dweintraub at 9:22 AM
Dan Morain at the LA Times reports this morning that the state's prison guards might be getting a raise nearly twice as large as anticipated on July 1. The correctional officers' contract, negotiated with Gov. Gray Davis a year ago, grants them raises in line with the average of law enforcement in five large California cities and counties. That was expected to net them somewhere between 3 percent and 4 percent this summer. Now it looks like the hike might be closer to 7 percent. Union officials say they have no intention of re-opening contract negotiations with Davis, who says he wants state employees to take pay cuts to help balance the budget.
Posted by dweintraub at 9:18 AM