Jerry Brown

Governor Brown goes to Washington

California's governor sent message to President Trump about where they could work together and where they may clash Read More

Categories: Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Jerry Brown, Jim Mayer, Lenny Mendonca

Reader Poll: Who won, Neel Kashkari or Gov. Brown?

Did the gubernatorial debate change your opinion of either candidate? Read More

Categories: Democracy, Government, Jerry Brown

CA Fwd on bipartisan rainy day fund legislation: “Meaningful” solution for “significant” problem

In testimony before the Senate and Assembly budget committees today, CA Fwd reiterated how important it is to manage spikes to end the cycle of boom-and-bust budgeting that has crippled the state’s fiscal system over the last decade—and caused billions in cuts to state programs. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Jerry Brown, State Budget

CA Fwd supports new Rainy Day Fund framework, highlights two ways to strengthen proposal

Governor to speak at special session of Legislature on fund that would capture funds during booms to be used in down times. Here's how the reform can be improved.  Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Governor’s proposal on Infrastructure Financing Districts needs bolstering

Read testimony provided to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee on behalf our sister org the California Economic Summit that details exactly how IFD authority must be expanded in order to safeguard infrastructure financing and economic development Read More

Categories: Economy, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Gov. Brown’s State of the State address presents a California moving forward

This year's State of the State address shows how CA Fwd's governance and fiscal reforms are not only working, but have permeated the governing mantra of the state's chief executive.  Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

CAFwd’s comments to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State

While we applaud the Governor and Legislature for the progress they have achieved in bringing government a bit closer to the people, the job to improve and reform California is not nearly done. Indeed, we have much more work ahead of us. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown

Governor’s budget proposal brings fiscal prudence to California

Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget is a major step toward replacing governance based on boom-and-bust cycles in favor of a restrained approach where things don’t just fall apart when the next inevitable downturn comes along.  Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

Gov.‘s budget proposal puts money toward better public safety outcomes

If the spirit and letter of this budget on the public safety front remain intact after the Legislative gauntlet, we see big gains ahead on all fronts. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, State Budget, Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

Why the governor’s budget makes California Economic Summit even more important

The Governor’s proposed budget is one of the few times every year voters can find out exactly the plan is for billions in new surpluses and how to keep the economic recovery churning Read More

Categories: Economy, Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform, Jerry Brown, State Budget

California Forward’s comment on Gov. Brown’s budget proposal

The budget would improve fiscal management, bolster the delivery of community services, invest in critical infrastructure and encourage the creation of well-paying jobs.  Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, State Budget

California manufacturing—it’s better than you think

California has more manufacturing jobs than anyone else, and new legislation is intended to keep it that way.  Read More

Categories: Economy, Californians, Jerry Brown

Could the path to fiscal prudence come through transparency?

Despite deserved good press for getting the bill signed on time, the transparency parade was unable to avoid rain via the governor’s blue pencil. Read More

Categories: Government, Jerry Brown, State Budget, Accountability, Transparency

Governor’s budget agreement ushers in new era of school spending

The budget deal will significantly simplify and rebalance how the state allocates money among school districts and charter schools serving 6 million students Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, State Budget, School Governance

Fiscal reforms sacrificed in same old story

In today's Sacramento Bee, former Fresno Mayor Alan Autry takes a closer look at some of the substantive and reformative bills that did not make it off the governor's desk, including SB 14, which would have helped stabilize the fiscal process, hold lawmakers accountable to the people they serve, and restore some trust in government. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

San Joaquin partnership elevates region

The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley chose a single-word theme for last week’s summit: “Elevate.” In one sense, the word reflects progress in improving the region's quality of life. In another, it meant more hard work lies ahead to lift the Valley's fortunes. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Restructuring

Unanimous, Bipartisan ... and Vetoed

California faces enormous challenges – making essential public programs work with fewer dollars, helping young people prepare for an uncertain future, and reviving our sick economy. That's why we are so disappointed that Governor Brown vetoed SB 14 (Wolk), a critical cornerstone to the kind of governance changes that could restore opportunities for Californians -- and maybe even confidence and trust in their elected officials.  Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Budget Reform, Governance Reform

Latest Field Poll another reason to support ‘Smart Government’

California voters remain fed up with their legislature, as seen in the latest Field Poll, which finds that people have little confidence in the body charged with passing laws and budgeting taxpayer dollars. Their support for the governor, however, remains steady. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Transparency, Restructuring

Gov. Brown frank about challenges ahead for CA

Coming off a tough budget battle in Sacramento, Gov. Jerry Brown gave a Fresno audience a straightforward assessment of the fractured political climate in the state's capital – but also a dose of optimism that change can happen. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Restructuring

Controller becomes deputy to new sheriff in town

When California Controller John Chiang decided on Tuesday that legislators would not be paid, he based that decision on the fact that the budget they passed last week was not in balance as outlined by voter-approved Proposition 25, even though the budget was passed on-time. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, State Budget

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