As the week draws to a close, a new analysis shows that California is actually leading the nation . . . in the poverty rate.

Newly released federal estimates show California’s poverty rate remained the highest in the nation, despite a modest fall, and the state’s falling uninsured rate slowed for the first time since before Medicaid expansion.

According to the Census Bureau, the share of Californians in poverty fell to 19 percent — a 1.4 percent decrease from last year. However, policy experts warned that in spite of the good news more than 7 million people still struggle to get by in the state.

….Although California has a vigorous economy and a number of safety net programs to aid needy residents, it’s often not enough to forestall economic hardship for one out of every five residents, the data show.

While there are many reasons for the fiscal struggles Californians face, and the chronic homelessness problem that continues, one contributing factor must be the misplaced priorities of Sacramento’s ruling class.

Legal Insurrection readers will recall, for example, a California Supreme Court ruling just redefined “independent contractors” with the unintended consequence of barber shops and beauty parlors no longer being able to retain staff.

This week, Governor Jerry Brown concluded a global climate change summit, vowing to launch a California-built satellite to battle climate change.

“We’re going to launch our own satellite — our own damn satellite to figure out where the pollution is and how we’re going to end it,” Brown told an international audience on the final day of the San Francisco gathering.

California will work with San Francisco-based Planet Labs to launch a satellite capable of tracking climate-altering emissions, Brown said. The effort will lean on the expertise of the state’s Air Resources Board, which has taken the forefront in pursuing climate-related innovations.

How about road repairs? Fixing our dams? Dealing with the human waste problem now plaguing our cities? The last time I checked, feces and urine qualified as biological waste that is harmful to human health…and the multimillions going to that satellite could be spent on some bleach and protective equipment for our workers.

Sacramento’s list of green justice priorities now includes mandates of 100% renewable energy by 2045, despite the fact that technology is not likely to keep pace with that lofty goal.

The law sends a message that California supports the global Paris agreement to fight climate change, he said. Trump withdrew from the accord last year over concerns that it would hurt the U.S. economy, making the United States the only country to do so.

“We are going to meet the Paris agreement and we’re going to continue down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions,” Brown said.

So Californians are going to pay more for energy, have more brownouts and blackouts, and experience significant market limitations in transportation options because Brown wants to end his career being a leading member of the Trump #Resistance.

Interestingly, GOP gubernatorial candidate has earned some significant endorsements this week, from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. But the endorsement that may be most telling comes from a Democrat.

Jeremy Montanez of Southern California is a Democrat has appeared on CNN panel. He is a former Trump supporter who plans to vote a straight Democratic ticket, except for Governor. The thrust of his endorsement is that Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom is more interested in the illegal alien vote, as demonstrated by his offer of universal healthcare to that group.

When fake science, open borders, and Trump-hate are the focus of important state policies, the wonder is why the poverty rate is not worse. Here is hoping that help will actually arrive in November.