New State Budget Proposal Calls for Increased Spending on Child Care

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Democratic Leaders Reach Agreement on Budget Proposal

Democratic leaders of the state Senate and Assembly say they're in agreement on a state budget proposal.  But a final deal still needs to be reached with Governor Gavin Newsom. 
Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED

Cal/OSHA Struggling With Increased Understaffing During Pandemic

For years, Cal/OSHA, the California agency in charge of protecting workers from health and safety hazards, has been understaffed. But the problem got worse during the pandemic, crippling the agency's ability to protect millions of people on the job, who faced new risks from COVID-19. 
Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

State Supreme Court to Hold Hearing on Challenges to Death Penalty

The state Supreme Court will hold a hearing Wednesday on an issue which could change the way the death penalty is applied in California.  A ruling, which is expected in 90 days, could impact the sentences for inmates who are on death row.
Reporter: Alice Woelfle, KQED

California's Reparations Task Force Holds First Meeting

A state task force to study reparations for Black Californians held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday.  The group is working to identify and recommend eliminating laws that discriminate against Black people.
Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED

Biden Adminstration Ends "Remain in Mexico" Policy

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the end of a Trump administration program known as “Remain in Mexico.” The policy sent back over 68,000 asylum-seekers to Mexican border cities, where they waited while their  cases went through immigration court proceedings in the U.S. 
Reporter: Max Rivlin-Nadler, KPBS