News Clips

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

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The (Hidden) Cost of Open Data

California lawmakers in June introduced a bill to establish a statewide open data policy that would affect more than 200 state agencies. An analysis of the bill’s fiscal impact showed the policy would cost the state $4 million to $5 million annually. Read more

A Money Milestone: The End of California’s 2004 Deficit Debt

Prepare to be shocked: California’s state government is about to make its final interest payments on 2004 deficit bonds, payments that have averaged more than $1 million a day. Read more

Walters: ‘Top-two’ voting a panacea?

On Tuesday, Open Primaries, founded by Texas billionaire/philanthropist John Arnold, pronounced California’s system a “quiet revolution” and an unqualified success. Read more

California lawmakers pull in more than $23 million in year’s first half

During one of the quieter stretches on the election calendar, members of the California Legislature raised more than $23 million in campaign money from January through June, state filings show. Read more

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

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