Archive for June 28th, 2012

Politico: Health care ruling: Individual mandate upheld by Supreme Court


6/28/12 10:08 AM EDT
Updated: 6/28/12 11:10 AM EDT

The Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, ruling that Congress did not overstep its power by requiring nearly all Americans to buy health insurance.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the court’s four liberal justices in the ruling, which says Congress had the authority to impose the law’s individual mandate under Congress’s taxing power.

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By Andrew Edwards, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 06/27/2012 02:55:58 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The San Bernardino International Airport Authority’s board approved a new budget that while outlining about $7 million in general expenses, does not assume any revenue from passenger airline service.

Board members adopted the budget unanimously on Wednesday.

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Published: 27 June 2012 09:52 PM

A year after a county civil grand jury criticized the management of the San Bernardino International Airport and questioned the increasingly unchecked role of a private developer, plenty has changed.

The government agencies overseeing the airport have a new director, new legal battles and now a new budget that doesn’t forecast for any commercial flights landing there for the next 12 months. The agencies also plan to seek new legal counsel.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/27/2012 04:31:58 PM PDT

A new policy that could slash the amount of federal funding San Bernardino County receives for housing illegal immigrants at its jails has the Board of Supervisors fighting mad.

On Tuesday, the board authorized a request for funding from the federal government to cover at least part of the costs for incarcerating illegal immigrants suspected of criminal activity, which cost the county more than $17 million last year.

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The governor signs a budget that makes deep cuts to social services and assumes that voters will pass $8 billion in tax hikes in November. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)


By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2012

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers finished their work on the budget, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it late Wednesday, ending the haggling over final details of California’s spending plan.

The budget closes the state’s $15.7-billion deficit with cuts in social services and depends on voters approving more than $8 billion in temporary tax hikes at the ballot box in November. Without a higher sales tax and increased levies on the wealthy, the governor says, the state will cut billions from public schools.

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Report finds nearly 100,000 Bay Area homeowners delinquent on mortgages


By Aaron Glantz on June 27, 2012 – 12:55 p.m. PDT

California’s housing crisis isn’t over, with 11 percent of borrowers in the state at risk of foreclosure, according to a new report released this week by the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending, a Washington-based think tank.

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The pension fund is preparing to rebid its health insurance business, and two of its current plans, Anthem and Blue Shield, are likely to face intense competition.


By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2012

California’s biggest healthcare buyer isn’t happy about its $7-billion annual medical bill climbing almost 10% next year, and the state’s big insurers may be feeling the heat.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is preparing to rebid its health insurance business this fall for 1.3 million members, and two of its current plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, are likely to face intense competition as the giant pension fund considers its options.

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