Reporting: Budget Reform Archives

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

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

Swearengin: California is remarkable but faces challenges

Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin to take part in bipartisan conversations to discuss education, jobs, civic engagement and fiscal stability in California.  Read More

Categories: Community Services, Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Economy, Creating Jobs, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Education, Elections, State Budget, Transparency

Educator: School reform requires bipartisan cooperation, civic engagement

Education leader talks how upcoming forum tackling schools, the economy, civic engagement and more reflects the need for more bipartisan collaboration to improve the state. Read More

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

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

Bipartisan conversations address next steps toward improved governance

Leaders from across the political spectrum and across California will take part in public discussions about how to restore California's role as the model for other states to follow in the areas of education, jobs and public engagement.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Bipartisan Conversations, Civic Engagement, Elections, Redistricting, Top Two Primary, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Governance Reform, Term Limits, Government, Leadership Council, Accountability, Budget Reform, Civic Engagement, Elections, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Redistricting, State Budget, Transparency

Work continues after California budget and election reform victories

California earned a rating bump because of its latest budget, while citizen-led reforms won major victory in U.S. Supreme Court.  Read More

Categories: Democracy, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Initiative Reform, Proposition 11, Redistricting, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Proposition 11, Redistricting

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

Poll: Californians say voter turnout a big problem, support election reforms

Survey shows most voters and non-voters open to reforms designed to boost turnout, like sending every registered Californian a vote-by-mail ballot and automatically registering people who utilize DMV. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Government, Civic Engagement, Elections, State Budget

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

Lenny Mendonca and Doug Henton: California must invest now in education and infrastructure

California has an opportunity to build for long-term prosperity with smart investments in schools, workforce development and infrastructure. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy, Smart Investment, Infrastructure, Budget Reform, Education, State Budget

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

Wait… What? Agency advising Governor on payments to counties proposes moving to VBM to save money

The State of California, like some other states, has an "unfunded mandate" law that requires the state to make money available for new legislation that imposes costs on counties. In practice, those mandates can be "suspended" for budgetary reasons, leaving localities holding the bag on costs. Read More

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

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