Mark Leno

Solar deal in budget draws criticism

The last-minute solar deal in California’s general budget that would extend a property tax for solar credits has attracted criticism from several lawmakers, analysts as well as residents.

While the current tax benefit will not expire until 2017, the new measure (SB871) would credit for... read more

Lawmakers approve measure to raise minimum wage to $13/h by 2017

California lawmakers on Thursday passed a measure that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the state by $5 per hour by the year of 2017. Currently the minimum wage in the state is at $8 an hour.

Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the author of the bill, said it was necessary to... read more

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