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Eyes on California as Lawmakers Pursue a Health-Care Deal

California did not start the current wave of efforts to overhaul the American health-care system, but what happens in Sacramento over the next few weeks could have a big impact on whether the drive gains momentum or peters out. Business groups would almost certainly challenge any compromise on the ground that the new employer “fee” is actually a tax and thus requires a two-thirds vote of the legislature, said Vince Sollitto, a spokesman for the California Chamber of Commerce. “It’s inconceivable that that wouldn’t be challenged in court,” Sollitto said. Read More. (The Washington Post 08/26/07)

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Brown Paddles His Canoe on Left, Then Right

Brown also rejected one of the year’s highest profile measures, which would have prohibited employers from requiring arbitration agreements and thus made it easier for workers to sue their bosses….

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