WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just longstanding battles over taxes and curbing mandatory spending that are obstacles to a year-end pact on the budget. Another problem is a perception among some lawmakers that the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration haven't been as harsh as advertised.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Approval ratings for Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown are at their highest point since he took office, but that popularity may not translate into votes among independents in his bid for a fourth term next year, a new poll shows. "Democrats are going to support his re-election no matter what, and Republicans are equally likely to oppose it," said Dan Schnur, director of the USC/Los Angeles Times poll and the Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. Independent voters in the state are conflicted, he said. But that has not necessarily endeared him to the state's Republicans, who comprise about 30 percent of voters, the poll showed.
SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee gave final approval Monday to a package of tax breaks for Boeing Co. in hopes of landing the company's new 777X, signing legislation at Seattle's Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.
Initial enrollment estimates for President Barack Obama's healthcare reform program show participation is falling far short of expectations, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, raising pressure on the White House to get its rollout back on track. Fewer than 50,000 Americans were able to sign up for new Obamacare health insurance plans in October through the error-plagued HealthCare.gov website, below the federal government's target, the newspaper reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Official enrollment data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia will not be released by the administration until sometime later this week.