California is poised to become the first state in the USA to guarantee medical coverage for low-income illegal immigrants; expanding their Medicaid program at a cost of $98 million per year.
“In a stance to distance itself from President Trump’s administration, California is set to become the first state in the country to pay for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have full health benefits,” reports Fox News.
“Under an agreement between Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature, low-income adults between the ages of 19 and 25 living in California illegally would be eligible for California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal. The deal emerged as part of a broader $213 billion budget,” adds the article.
The plan would go into effect in January 2020. The proposal would also give a family of four earning $150,000 or less $100 per month to help subsidize healthcare costs.
“While it’s not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle income families who don’t get any help under the federal law,” said the Executive Director of Health Access.
Far-left Governor Gavin Newsom “welcomed women seeking abortions” to visit California last Friday after Louisiana became the latest conservative state to pass pro-life legislation that limits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
“Newsom signed Friday what he calls a ‘Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom.’ He says it reaffirms the state’s commitment to protecting women’s reproductive choices, educates Californians about their rights to reproductive freedom, and welcomes women to the state to exercise that right,” reports CBS Sacramento.
“Among other things, the proclamation talks about reproductive services already available to California women, including state-funded abortion services for low-income women,” adds the article.
Newsom’s full proclamation can be found here.
In addition, the Governor joined the leaders of Washington and Oregon and released a joint statement calling for the codification of “reproductive freedom” laws.
“In the absence of federal leadership on this issue, states must step up and put in place their own protections – both in statute and in their state constitutions, and through the expansion of family planning and education – to defend every American’s right to reproductive freedom,” write California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “Roe is settled law, but newly enacted and clearly unconstitutional laws in a handful of states compel our states to act now to reaffirm longstanding commitments to safeguard the fundamental rights of women.”
“In California, the fundamental right to choose to bear a child or to choose to obtain an abortion is the official public policy of the State, protected in both our constitution and by statute. And today, we issued a California Proclamation on Reproductive Freedom, reaffirming our commitment to protecting women’s reproductive choices, educating Californians about their rights to reproductive freedom, welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights, and acting as a model for other states that want to ensure full reproductive freedom for women,” adds the letter.
Read the full report at Fox News.
BAD EDUCATION: California Moves to BAN SCHOOLS from Suspending Students for ‘Willful Defiance’
The California State Senate voted this week to ban public and charter schools from suspending their students for acts of “willful defiance” against educators, administrators, and other staffers.
“Under the new version (Senate Bill 419), students in grades 4-8 wouldn’t be suspended for disrupting school activities or willfully defying school authorities, including teachers and staff. The bill would also ban schools from suspending students in grades 9-12 for the same thing until January 1, 2025. The law would apply to both public and charter schools,” reports CBS Sacramento.
According to the legislation, students can still be removed for other violations, including acts of violence, physical threats, possession of drugs and weapons, destruction of property, and more.
A similar bill was vetoed by former California Governor Jerry Brown.
“Teachers and principals are on the front lines educating our children and are in the best position to make decisions about order and discipline in the classroom,” he said at the time.
Read the full report at CBS Sacramento.
BLUE STATE BLUES: California Gas Prices SPIKE, Could Hit $4 Per Gallon for Millions
Millions of Californians have seen a massive increase for the price of gasoline in recent days; with several stations across the state charging $4 per gallon -a cost much higher than the national average of $2.75.
“A survey of more than 5,000 gas stations conducted by AAA shows that the average price for a gallon of regular gas is now $2.75, up 11% in the last month. And the average price is already above $3 a gallon in six western states: California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Alaska,” reports KTLA.
“Four-dollar gas is the average in a couple of California counties — San Luis Obispo and Mono. Many others are within a few cents of that mark, including San Francisco, where the average price is $3.98,” adds the article.
The rising prices come as Californians may soon face a series of new taxes from local officials, with the State government weighing whether to increase fees on drinking water, tires, pain medications, and more.
Read the full report here.