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    2019 By-Elections: Government Goes 1 for 4; Opposition Drops 2 Seats

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    ORANGE COUNTY — The Government was looking to pick up all four of these by-elections heading into the budget, which will begin Chancellor Kamala Harris’ bid to re-elect the government in 2020. Instead, its only major victory was in the seat of Brea, a solidly middle class area of Orange County. The other three seats (South Phoenix, Malibu-Calabasas and Eureka) we’re losses for the government. The Liberals, who were hoping to land a blow on the Chancellor by picking up Brea, ended up losing South Phoenix to a stronger independent candidate in Mark Groth. As for their strong seat in Eureka, they lost to the People’s Party, the right wing populist group.

    Malibu-Calabasas went the way of the Liberals as a hold. The major parties will be looking for lessons to take out of it. For the NDP Government, it will be that they have to build their ground game and stress the economic argument that they have both made California fairer and stronger for the middle class. For the Liberals, they will have to find ways to show the Government failed them and left California more uncertain of its future.



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    Government to Update Welfare to Work as Part of Budget

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    SACRAMENTO -- Following the weekend of by-elections, the government will be preparing its budget which will be released at the end of March, marking the beginning of what many have stated as a year-long campaign for the New Democratic Party for the 2020 general election.

    The Treasury Secretary, Fiona Ma, has said that updating the Welfare to Work standards will be key to the budget reforms that the NDP will undertake in this 2019-2020 budget. The other areas to be looked at included spending increases on defence and healthcare, cuts to middle class income taxes and an increase in the luxury tax items that will be taxed at 20%.

    Opposition leader Devin Nunes has already announced these well publicised announcements by the Treasury Secretary as "proof that the NDP want to do nothing but tax and spend. We welcome the increase in security spending but the government must show it is serious on reducing the tax burden on Californians and give the hard-working people of our nation a tax cut that they deserve".


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