Reporting: Budget Reform Archives

Rainy Day Fund: Other states’ volatility is California’s lesson to learn

We’re in an upswing now. But we saw what happened last decade when everything was decidedly not hunky dory. Safety net services are the first to go, but the hole that this state had dug itself was so deep that cuts were made seemingly everywhere to get back in the black. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform

California special session called for Rainy Day Fund

“We simply must prevent the massive deficits of the last decade and we can only do that by paying down our debts and creating a solid Rainy Day Fund,” said Gov. Brown.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Budget Reform

CA Fwd releases report on how to build stronger budget reserve

With the governor’s actions dramatically increasing the likelihood of action this year, CA Fwd’s report offers a primer on why the rainy day fund has become such a pressing issue for state government. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Budget Reform

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

This week the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Committee is meeting to discuss a central focus of Governor Brown’s 2014-15 state budget---the need to capture spikes in revenue and use those revenues to both pay down debt and create a reserve.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform

California Forward’s written testimony on the Rainy Day Fund

Much of California’s recent fiscal instability has been aggravated by short-term decisions that led to boom-and-bust budgeting. Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform

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, State Budget, Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Budget Reform, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Desert Hot Springs declares state of fiscal emergency

If money matters in the city of Desert Hot Springs, of Riverside County, don’t improve, the city will have to file for bankruptcy. Again. Read More

Categories: Government, Accountability, Transparency, Budget Reform

California’s surplus must be used wisely

Not only does focusing on outcomes create an atmosphere that reinforces the effective use of public funds, but it also helps to regain the trust of voters. Read More

Categories: Government, Budget Reform

Criticism of new school funding law misses the mark

Like all things that sound hunky dory, the law has drawn increasing caution, concern, and criticism, highlighted last week by a piece by EdSource’s Louis Freedberg on the potential weaknesses in the new school funding law. But some parts of his argument lack clarity in a manner that merits a response. Read More

Categories: Education, Accountability, Budget Reform

126 local governments called out by state controller for not filing financial books

Apparently some lessons are only learned the hard way as Bell and Stockton both showed up on a less-than-illustrious list recently. Read More

Categories: Transparency, Budget Reform

A conversation on LCFF with Teri Burns of the California School Board Association

Teri updates California Forward on the progress of the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), the new way of funding California's schools by allowing for more control by districts over how they spend their funds.  Read More

Categories: Education, Budget Reform

VIDEO: One on One with Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin

At least one person, in city hall, vows to make some changes that will allow local government to work more efficiently while bringing the data closer to its residents.  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Transparency, Budget Reform

Who should pay for California’s elections?

The money that counties are missing out on is far from chump change. The state hasn’t allocated funds to counties to keep up with their mandates since 2009, when they paid $30 million total to 58 counties. Read More

Categories: Elections, Accountability, Budget Reform

California Legislature reverses itself on altering California Public Records Act

“To be clear, this means that the California Public Records Act will remain intact without any changes as part of the budget – consistent with the Assembly’s original action.”  Read More

Categories: Accountability, Transparency, Budget Reform

New survey reveals disconnect between Californians and state government

Conducted by the California Business Roundtable and Pepperdine University, parts of the survey discuss disconnects on budget issues and how much bang for their buck taxpayers believe they are getting Read More

Categories: Government, Transparency, Budget Reform

California community college crowd-sources funding for new classes

Since May 1st, the VVCF started raising money for Campaign for Classes. The goal is to raise $250,000.  Read More

Categories: Education, Accountability, Budget Reform

Vallejo embraces Participatory Budgeting, lets citizens vote on how to spend money

More than a year ago, the city and its citizens started the first ever city wide Participatory Budgeting (PB) process, where the community decides how to spend $3.2 million dollars. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform

San Franciscans get the chance to help city leaders balance the budget

If you think you have the answers, San Francisco elected leaders want to hear from you.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform

Pension reform effort in Southern California ends abruptly

Los Angeles will not have pension reform on the ballot in the coming city election but the next mayor will most likely need to make the contentious and complex issue a top priority.  Read More

Categories: Government, Budget Reform

Slashed student state worker jobs amount to a drop in the bucket

Are politicians tone deaf when it comes to the message they send with various raises and pay-cuts? Read More

Categories: Education, Budget Reform

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