Reporting: Budget Reform Archives

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

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

California community colleges get double dose of good news

California’s community colleges are considered a key player California meeting the challenge of aligning its workforce to the jobs available. Recently they received a double dose of good news from Governor Brown and President Obama Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy, Creating Jobs

Governor’s budget reflects much of Economic Summit agenda

In his two major public appearances this week, Gov. Brown offered a broad vision for California’s sustainable growth that aligns closely with the goals of the California Economic Summit Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget, Economy

Budget: Proposition 2 already having positive impact

A mere two months after voters approved the Rainy Day Fund Stabilization Act, Governor Brown’s budget proposal reveals Proposition 2 is already having a positive impact on California’s long-term fiscal health.  Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget

CA Fwd’s comment on Governor Brown’s proposed budget

Statement on behalf of James Mayer, President & CEO of California Forward Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, State Budget

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

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