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The state legislature is in recess now, but come the New Year they'll tackle a raft of big divisive issues, and face-off with Governor Jerry Brown in a new climate of shifting power dynamics. Guest host Barbara Bogaev gets a preview of the year ahead and takes stock of 2015. 

Also, a look at some big -- and not so big -- changes to California's wage laws taking effect in 2016, notably closing loopholes to ensure women get equitable pay.

Photo: California State Capitol © Steven Pavlov 

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Jenny Hamel

What to Expect from the California Legislature in 2016 12 MIN

It being the the holidays the state legislature is out for recess until next year, when lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown will take up some major initiatives. We're looking ahead to see what lawmakers are planning for the new year, and how the shifting power dynamics in Sacramento will play out in those debates. John Myers is the Sacramento bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
John Myers, Los Angeles Times (@johnmyers)

Changes to California Minimum Wage and Wage Equality Laws 9 MIN, 22 SEC

The fight for a fair wage continues in 2016, when the state will raise its minimum wage once again, to $10 an hour. But women in particular have cause to celebrate next year as California will now have one of the toughest equal pay laws in the country. Sylvia Allegretto, an economist and co-director of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at UC Berkeley, has more on the changes in the state's wage laws set to take effect January.

Guests:
Sylvia Allegretto, UC Berkeley (@Sly21)

More:
Conditions of Employment: Gender Wage Differential (SB 358)

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