Fiscal Reform

Yes, the new transportation package raises taxes. It also raises the standard for accountability.

$52 billion road package will set precedents with performance metrics and increased oversight built into the programs Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Revenue Reform

CA Fwd: Moving CA From Red Ink to a Reserve

How CA took a leap forward in creating a more stable state budget picture Read More

Categories: CA Fwd Legacy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, State Budget

CA Fwd’s Comments on Governor Brown’s 2017-18 Budget Proposal

Statement on behalf of James Mayer, President & CEO of California Forward Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Jim Mayer

CA Fwd—Approaching a Decade of Making a Difference

Ten years into an era of reform, California's outlook has been shaped by public desire for change in how government served the people. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Lenny Mendonca, Pete Weber, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

California Treasurer Chiang calls out pay to play in school bond elections

Good government organizations applaud effort to stop questionable bankrolling of campaign activities in local bond election campaigns Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Fiscal Reform, Accountability, Transparency

CA Fwd report outlines plan to upgrade how California pays for elections

Analysis sheds light on state-local tension over county funding of elections and reforms dependent on solving the problem. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Elections, State Budget

Staying the course on most of the budget, governor turns aggressive on housing crisis

In budget proposal update, Brown outlines a collection of state and local actions to speed up housing construction Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, State Budget

VIDEO: New Speaker Rendon touts the need for public trust in water spending

Having gathered public input for a $7.5 billion water bond--and serving a district where several former local officials are serving jail terms--Assemblymember Anthony Rendon understands skepticism in government spending. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Anthony Rendon, Transparency

California’s Rainy Day Fund - Protecting our Future

Lenny Mendonca and Pete Weber, co-Chairs of California Forward's Leadership Council, on how California's Rainy Day Fund is protecting our Future. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

State Controller Betty Yee to California’s regions: ‘Talk to us”

Yee: Paying for California's future and fixing its problems will need more collaboration instead of fighting over pieces of the budget year after year. Read More

Categories: Financing the Future, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

CA Fwd Statement on Rainy Day Fund and Ballot Initiatives

“The decision to include payments into the state's new rainy day fund in the proposed ballot measure that would extend high income tax rates is a victory for all Californians...." Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

Governor doubles down on improving workforce pipeline in proposed budget

A California Economic Summit approach to boosting workforce training in the state would get a shot in the arm via Jerry Brown's budget.  Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy, Creating Jobs, Regional Economies, State Budget

Ever Forward: CA Fwd’s 2015 Year in Review

Look back at a productive year for California Forward in its goal to make the California Dream more attainable for all.  Read More

Categories: California Economic Summit, Community Services, Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Education, Elections, LCFF, Transparency

Tracey Grose: Taxation and Economic Competitiveness: Incentivizing Virtuous Cycles

Ensuring the public sector is reliably funded even as the economy transforms structurally, will help ensure that California remains on the front edge of opportunity. Read More

Categories: Financing the Future, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, State Budget, Tax Reform

VIDEO: California’s middle ground region hosts bipartisan conversation

Event in Clovis in the Central Valley will feature Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and others talking about public budgets, schools, jobs and how to engage residents.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Economy, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, State Budget

VIDEO: Bipartisan Conversation coming to Clovis in the Central Valley

Money, Schools, Jobs & You event moves the critical discussion about getting involved in California's biggest challenges to the Central Valley. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Economy, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections

George Runner: The real revenue challenge facing California

Op-Ed: The conversation about tax reform should be about how government can provide taxpayers with better value for the money they already send to Sacramento. Read More

Categories: Financing the Future, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

California auditor issues report on “improper activities” revealed by whistleblowers

State auditor details investigations into failure to seek competitive bids, failure to increase rental rates, waste of state funds, an improper gift of public funds, and neglect of supervisory duties. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, State Budget, Transparency

A Time for Bipartisan Deals

State Senator Steve Glazer, elected over a fellow Democrat via the top-two primary, pointed the way to bipartisan compromise through six new political rules he says will result in a stronger democracy. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 14, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Governance Reform, Budget Reform, Elections, Proposition 14

Early signs of a deal emerge in special session on road maintenance

Infrastructure bills emerging in the California Legislature could offer the first glimmerings of a potential road funding deal that includes new money, new protections to ensure road funds are spent on roads, and new accountability measures. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Budget Reform, Infrastructure, State Budget, Tax Reform

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