Launch Savings AccountsIn his first budget, Governor Newsom took a $50 million step forward on his campaign promise to launch college savings accounts for all incoming kindergarteners.

PolitiFact California has rated this promise ‘In the Works.’

Story by Chris Nichols

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Camp Fire gCaprCalifornia lawmakers approved a wildfire liability fund last week to help utilities pay for fire damages, amid concerns that utility companies might see their stocks dive if they owed billions of dollars. Still, Moody’s remains cautious.

Story by Scott Rodd.

(Photo: Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, Calif., in November 2018 - Josh Edelson /AFP/Getty Images/via Capital Public Radio)







CA puc imgWhen Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s new wildfire liability law last week, he also named his pick for the lead regulator for utilities such as PG&E.

Story by Ben Adler.

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