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Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.

California’s jobless rate falls to 7%

California employers slowed the pace of hiring at the end of 2014 after spending much of the year adding jobs at a furious pace. The state's labor market remained healthy in December, though less rosy than in earlier months, according to data from the state Employment Development Department. Read more

Road tax diversions and reality

A recent column about a growing backlog of deferred maintenance in the state highway system and the difficulty of raising more revenue for roadwork generated an unusually high number of reader reactions. Read more

A shortage of data analysts, empty promises, and missed opportunities

As the public sector tries to understand how to use data better, a variety of challenges appear. Read more

Testimony: Building trust in state government

Today California’s Little Hoover Commission held its first public hearing on the nature and quality of interactions between state government and the public. The commission invited Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO, to testify about the public’s trust in government. Read more

California’s troubled jobless agency works out glitches

The state finally has stepped up its once-weak effort to get unemployment benefits more efficiently to nearly 3 million jobless Californians. Read more

Brown, districts at odds over school construction bonds

Determined to shed long-term state debt, Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to cease issuing K-12 school construction bonds, leaving school districts to pay the tab for building and renovating schools. Read more

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