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Guest farmworkers will see pay increases in 2022 thanks to a lawsuit to stop a Trump-era wage freeze. President Trump proposed the freeze in an attempt to help farmers who lost profit and fallowed land during the pandemic shutdown in 2020. But farmworker advocates sued the Department of Agriculture to stop the freeze from taking effect.

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Global supply chain problems have led to a massive backup at Southern California ports. California lawmakers are asking experts about what the state could do to help — including locating temporary storage, growing the truck driving and warehouse workforces, suspending regulations and creating a new inland port.

Commentary - The LAO dives into the state budget’s ever-increasing scope and complexity, and presents its findings and advice in plain language. It’s a counterweight to the Department of Finance, which shapes the budget to the political priorities of the governor, and to outside interest groups.