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Budget projections fall behind already, substantive reform needed

“It didn't take long for California's optimistic budget to fall behind in tax revenues,” said the Sacramento Bee’s Kevin Yamamura. Less than two weeks after the rosy-outlook budget was passed, the projections it was built on have started to come unraveled.  Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform, State Budget, Fiscal Reform Plan, Jerry Brown, State Budget, Transparency

What the Framework poll results tell us

Over the last few weeks, we asked Californians to weigh in on the latest summary of the Smart Government Framework, an outline course of action to restructure the relationship between state and local governments to produce better results. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Education, Fiscal Reform Plan, Restructuring

Improving governance through restructuring

California Special District recently interviewed CA Fwd Executive Director Jim Mayer about how CA Fwd believes governance in California should be restructured, what smart government requires, and how Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal could help work toward all of this. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Restructuring

Californians want real solutions

After four consecutive years of budget deficits, Californians are wise to the accounting gimmicks and short-term fillers that keep California lurching from budget year to budget year without the kind of stable system in place that protects the programs they need and want. Read More

Categories: , Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Multi-Year Budget, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Selected Blog Posts, Fred Keeley, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Fred Keeley, State Budget

Why restructuring government is the only way to fix California

A week after Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal was released, details of his spending and revenue plans have begun to come into focus—along with the first wave of showdowns with those his cuts will most impact (with much of the early attention going to redevelopment agencies and enterprise zone developers). Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Speak Up CA, State Budget

The missing piece of the budget puzzle

The 2011-12 budget plan introduced by Governor Brown on Monday includes major pieces of the fiscal puzzle that at long last will hopefully bring fiscal balance back to California...  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Fiscal Reform Plan, State Budget

Forging a path to a stronger state

In recent days several news outlets have focused on the work of California Forward and our efforts to fix state government. While much of this may be in response... Read More

Categories: , Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Governance Reform, Selected Blog Posts, Proposition 11, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Proposition 11

Silicon Valley to Jerry Brown: We need a game changer

"Game changers." In Silicon Valley, we use this term for cutting-edge products and processes that leapfrog the competition... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Tax Reform

Governor-elect Brown begins long and winding road to fix state budget

Word from the state Legislative Analyst on Wednesday is that the budget is scarier than we thought. But Governor-elect Jerry Brown is determined to tame the budget beast. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, State Budget

The reform agenda - red pills, blue agendas, and the neo-Johnsons

You do not have to have read George Orwell to know that one of the most abused words in the English language is "reform." It is almost as bad as our penchant for reviving old labels with the word "neo."  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Tax Reform

Speaking truth to power

Once again, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor is playing the role of Toto in the Wizard of Oz. He pulled the curtain back and revealed for citizens of the state that little secret about the state budget that the great Wizards (Governor and Legislature) would not admit. Read More

Categories: Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown

CA Fwd welcomes new partner in effort to fix state government

California Forward has worked diligently to advance political and fiscal reforms that will bolster democracy and improve the performance of government in our great but struggling state.  Read More

Categories: , Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Tax Reform, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Bob Hertzberg, Bob Hertzberg, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Tax Reform

Comprehensive fiscal reform: How long can we wait?

Even with 100 "extra" days to finish their work, the Legislature and Governor fell well short of including comprehensive budget reform in the final 2010 budget. Read More

Categories: , Democracy, Elections, Fiscal Reform, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, Budget Reform, Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

Proposition 25: Majority vote budget

The California State Constitution requires that the Legislature approve a budget by June 15 of each year, 15 days before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. But over time, the budget has increasingly been enacted past this date. Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

Mike Genest: Ensuring state and municipal solvency

When I retired as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Director of Finance at the end of last year, I decided that I wanted to remain involved in state policy, especially surrounding our troubled budget.  Read More

Categories: Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Bob Hertzberg, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan

Welcome to the California Forward Elections Blog!

From now until Election Day on Nov. 2, 2010, we dedicate our blog to you. This space is a forum for you to discuss and debate the issues facing our state, the propositions and candidates on the ballot, and how all of this affects us. Read More

Categories: Elections, Fiscal Reform Plan

Op-ed: Require the budget to be for two years

In an opinion piece published today by The Sacramento Bee, Democrat Bob Hertzberg and Republican Mike Genest urge the Legislature to pass comprehensive budget reform modeled after the California Forward 2010 Reform Principles. Read More

Categories: Bob Hertzberg, Fiscal Reform Plan

News < Re: Week of August 16

They're back. We're referring to state worker furloughs, of course. Read More

Categories: Bob Hertzberg, Fiscal Reform Plan, Proposition 14, Redistricting

News < Re: Week of August 9

$2,190,870,000.00 That's the amount in unpaid bills the state will accrue if it does not enact a budget by the end of this month, according to State Controller John Chiang.  Read More

Categories: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Redistricting, Tax Reform

Op-ed: The clock is ticking on reform - but it’s not too late

In an opinion article published today by Capitol Weekly, Leadership Council Co-Chairs Bob Hertzberg and Tom McKernan urge state leaders to coalesce around comprehensive fiscal reform proposals crafted by California Forward.  Read More

Categories: Bob Hertzberg, Budget Reform, Fiscal Reform Plan, Leadership Council, Tom McKernan

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