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Welcome to our rolling repository of updates on reform in California. For press inquiries, please contact Jania Palacios (520-404-7643, jania@cafwd.org).

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Tax debate must get beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax measures moving through the Legislature or toward the November 2016 ballot, California’s perennial debate about taxes is set to begin anew—with millions of dollars in political campaigns preparing to shape how the state will raise billions of dollars in revenue, and provide public services, for years to come. Read more

The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax measures moving through the Legislature or toward the November 2016 ballot, California’s perennial debate about taxes is set to begin anew—with millions of dollars in political campaigns preparing to shape how the state will raise billions of dollars in revenue, and provide public services, for years to come. Read more

Roger Hernandez Literally Silences Republican Opposition in Calif. Committee Hearing

Before the Legislature’s summer recess, the Capitol was buzzing with several legislative committees deciding the fate of dozens of bills. Policy committee work is not glamorous, but it is an essential part of the democratic process that should be respected. Among all of the hearings one incident stood out and for really unfortunate reasons. Read more

3 Bills Advance The Cause of ‘Open Data’ in California

What is Open Data for? Standardized and freely shared, public data can inform policymakers as well as state residents about the operations and performance of government, as well as invite innovation from the public, private and non-profit sectors through increased collaboration and analysis. Read more

Making the case for ‘open data’

“Open Data” is a hot topic in the Capitol, and as legislative deadlines approach, it’s worth updating on where the issue stands, and what to keep in mind as the state considers a path forward. What is Open Data for? Read more

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Public Pension Liabilities in California

California’s largest public pension programs have significant unfunded liabilities. The state’s two largest public retirement programs, the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS), cover 65% of the four million state, county, and local employees who are eligible for public pension benefits. Read more

Building a User-Centric California Government through Demand-Driven Open Data

When the California HealthCare Foundation launched the California Health Data Project at the Health and Human Services DataFest in March this year, my fellow Sacramento Health Data Ambassador, Joel Riphagen, and I were still in the early stages of brainstorming ways to connect our local health community with the California Health and Human Services Agency’s open data efforts. Read more

Oracle wants to put a charter high school on its campus

A high school could find its way onto Oracle Corp.’s campus. Design Tech High School was established in 2014, operating out of Mills High School in Millbrae. Read more

Walters: Pushing for voter input on big issues is brilliant strategy

It’s no secret that the Legislature’s dominant Democrats want to make it more difficult to place initiative measures on the statewide ballot. Read more

Building a tool to define ‘adequately-funded’ education

California’s second-largest school district is almost ready to answer a question that has prompted legal challenges across the nation: How much money translates to an adequately-funded student education? Read more

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Press Releases

California Innovation in Higher Education Showcase highlights student success to full house

Over 200 education, business and civic leaders from across California gathered in Sacramento today for the California Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Showcase. Read more

Smart Voter and Voter’s Edge Launch Comprehensive Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide for California Vote

Personalized Ballot Look-Up Feature Allows Voters to Mark Selections and Share Ballot Choices Via Social Media Read more

CA Fwd Calls on Legislators to Take Immediate Action on Implementing Reforms to Restore Public Trust

“Path Toward Trust” Urges Specific Actions to Increase Transparency on Financial Data and Public Decisions Read more

California Forward and California Special Districts Association launch new transparency portal

Today California Forward (CA Fwd) and the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) have launched a first-of-its-kind portal providing data and information on more than 1,100 California special districts. Read more

CA Fwd Issues the State of Transparency in California As Part of National Sunshine Week

The Update Reinforces CA Fwd's Efforts to Encourage Transparency to Strengthen Good Government Practices in California Read more

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