Revenue 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

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

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

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

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

California’s fiscal crisis isn’t over—and this year’s tax proposals won’t solve it

The current major tax proposals, like extending Prop 30, would either leave our tax system volatile or simultaneously make our tax system both more and less efficient and equitable.  Read More

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

How Government Can Work Even Better—-A Bipartisan View

Former mayor of San Jose and other politically experienced Californians join upcoming open forum on middle class job creation, improving public schools, inspiring more participation in elections and government, and how we spend our money effectively. Read More

Categories: Community Services, School Governance, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Government, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget

CA Fwd report: The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax proposals moving ahead, the new report from CA Fwd explores the biggest ideas and their policy implications, while outlining a set of criteria voters can use to weigh the merits of each. Read More

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

CA Fwd offers policy framework for special legislative session on road funding

Legislature working on addressing a $59 billion-backlog in state road and highways maintenance, but so far, proposed fixes have been temporary solutions to a long-term infrastructure investment issue.  Read More

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

Governor’s budget is good news not because it’s bigger—but because it’s better

Spending plan takes a forward-looking approach to spending surging revenues, smartly making one-time investments for the long term rather than making all-around increases that will have to be cut next recession. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

Part 5: Spend unexpected revenues in ways that will make money in lean times

Four ways California can provide itself some cover for the next economic downturn and not repeat the budgetary mistakes of the past Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Boom, Bust, Repeat, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

Part 4: Spend growing revenues on reducing growing cost drivers

As increased revenues roll in, budgetmakers must keep in mind long-term pension and health care obligations that will continue to take up more and more precious resources for years to come. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Boom, Bust, Repeat, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

Part 3: Budget rules will drive where much of the extra money goes—but not how it will be spent

Even if most of this year’s revenue windfall does go to California schools and the rainy day fund, the conversation should not be over. Part 3 in our "Boom, Bust, Repeat?" series. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Boom, Bust, Repeat, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Tax Reform

Part 2: This is a boom, and it should be treated as a boom

...some of which will go bust. Next story in series covers some California history that shows why the state needs to smartly prepare the budget for the next recession. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Boom, Bust, Repeat, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform

Part 1: Revenues may be rolling in but state budget must heed lessons of past

Boom, Bust, Repeat? - New series from CA Fwd explores how the state can smartly manage recent revenue gains to strengthen public programs for the long term. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Boom, Bust, Repeat, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Leadership Council

California Should Stabilize Taxes, Soften Reliance on Volatile Sources, Group Says

BNA story: California Forward set forward recommendations in the first in a series of reports regarding revenue that will be released during the next few months to explore the state's choices. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Revenue Reform, Tax Reform

CA Fwd report: Financing California’s future means thinking beyond Prop 30

Part 1 of new report previews needed conversation about long-term, equitable revenue system Read More

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

What is holding up California ethics reform?

After months of scandal, ethics bills have mixed results despite the need to restore public trust in government. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Fiscal Reform, Revenue Reform, CA Common Sense, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Government, Accountability, Governance Reform, Transparency