Reporting: Budget Reform Archives

LAO Outlook analysis: Thinking smartly about our fiscal future

California’s recent approval of Proposition 2 is already paying dividends, but long term revenue stability must still be addressed. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

Some final words on this important Election Day in California

Before we say get out and vote (!), we have a few other things we’d like to discuss. Think of this as Scrooged, California Edition, because we’re going to talk about the past, the present and the future. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Government

Prop. 2 aims to secure California’s fiscal future

As a businessman, I've learned that timing matters. As a Californian, vitally interested and concerned about the future of the state, I see an opportunity that we should seize. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

New data shows strong support Proposition 1, gains for Proposition 2

It's less than two weeks from the election and neither the drought, the support for the state water bond seem, or interest in beefing up the state's budget reserve seem to be waning much.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Economy, Regional Economies, Smart Investment, Infrastructure

Pete Weber and Jim Mayer: State political reform is working

The evidence is growing that voters are getting the political reform they wanted when they seized from lawmakers the authority to draw district boundaries, opened primary elections to all voters, and modified term limits to reduce constant campaigning. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Proposition 11, Proposition 14, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Governance Reform, Government

Proposition 2 receives overwhelming endorsements from across the political spectrum

Proposition 2 captures revenue spikes, doubles the size of California's rainy day fund and accelerates paying down the state’s “wall of debt” Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Multi-Year Budget, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

VIDEO: Long Beach city councilman asks residents how they would spend $250,000

Less than three months into his first term, Long Beach City Councilmember Rex Richardson is already proving he’s not afraid to shake up City Hall. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Reader Poll

What you can do for California

This volatility is predictable, but the consequences are avoidable: Proposition 2 on the November ballot is the best solution developed after a generation of debate. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

Release: California Forward Action Fund launches “Yes on Proposition 2” campaign

Voters urged to protect critical services Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

CA State Controller: Always more work to be done in the name of transparency

As California State Controller, my job hinges on having access to the numbers that help me to tell the stories about what direction our State, communities, schools and businesses are heading. Read More

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

Bolstered rainy day fund would benefit California business community

A restructured rainy day fund that captures spikes in capital gains revenue would lend a much needed air of stability to California's investment climate Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Government, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

Reader Poll: Spend or save surplus funds?

During good economic times, state revenues grow. How should California use a state budget surplus? Read More

Categories: Reader Poll, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

Reform success shows California governable and no longer broken

The effects of elections and budget reform can't be ignored but there's also more work to be done to improve government and the economy here. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Governance Reform, Economy, Tom McKernan, Budget Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget, Tom McKernan

Legislature passes budget on time but trailer bills keep things opaque

While the state’s fiscal situation is improving and all parties involved deserve accolades for getting a sound budget passed on time, there is still some lingering procedural darkness. Read More

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

How the Rainy Day Fund is impacting education in California

As the public service that commands the lion’s share of general fund expenditure, perhaps no other area stands to benefit more than K-12 education. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, School Governance

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’s statement on the May Budget Revise

Gov. Brown offers a strong proposal backed by sound financial discipline to secure California's future Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

Agreement on Rainy Day Fund bolsters California’s financial future

Although much talk has been about the severe drought facing California in 2014, today Sacramento safeguarded the state from the one rainy day we all do not want to see right now. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform

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

VIDEO: California Rainy Day Fund—an idea whose time has come

The California Legislature has convened the special session called by Governor Brown to consider a revised Rainy Day Fund. The action signals the beginning of what many believe is a long overdue public discussion. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund

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