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Steyer Expanding Issue Portfolio in California

The environmental activist is getting involved in wage and healthcare fights. The moves could be a step toward a 2018 gubernatorial run.

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Karyn Bruggeman
Dec. 1, 2015, 9:52 a.m.

Bil­lion­aire en­vir­on­ment­al act­iv­ist Tom Stey­er (D) “this sum­mer broadened his activ­it­ies in the Golden State. In Au­gust, Stey­er rolled out … a group ex­amin­ing the causes of in­come in­equal­ity” and “[s]epar­ately, he’s co-chair­ing … a com­mit­tee seek­ing to raise the state’s ci­gar­ette tax by $2 a pack. … The moves have re­newed long-run­ning spec­u­la­tion that he’s in­ter­ested in a polit­ic­al ca­reer, in­clud­ing the Cali­for­nia gov­ernor’s seat when it opens up in 2018.”

“Pressed on wheth­er he’s con­sid­er­ing run­ning for Cali­for­nia gov­ernor, Stey­er said that ‘the truth of the mat­ter is, I have no idea. I am com­pletely fo­cused on what I just said to you through 2016.’” (En­ergy & En­vir­on­ment Pub­lish­ing)

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