Reporting: State Budget Archives

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

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: State Budget, 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

May Budget Revise: What about the economy?

In the flurry of questions faced by Gov. Jerry Brown as he announced his revised state budget today, one subject was noticeably absent: the economy Read More

Categories: Economy, 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

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, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

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: Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget, Accountability

Governor’s proposal on Infrastructure Financing Districts needs bolstering

Read testimony provided to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee on behalf our sister org the California Economic Summit that details exactly how IFD authority must be expanded in order to safeguard infrastructure financing and economic development Read More

Categories: Economy, Jerry Brown, State Budget

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, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

Gov. Brown’s State of the State address presents a California moving forward

This year's State of the State address shows how CA Fwd's governance and fiscal reforms are not only working, but have permeated the governing mantra of the state's chief executive.  Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

Governor’s budget proposal brings fiscal prudence to California

Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget is a major step toward replacing governance based on boom-and-bust cycles in favor of a restrained approach where things don’t just fall apart when the next inevitable downturn comes along.  Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Budget Reform, Rainy Day Fund, State Budget

Gov.‘s budget proposal puts money toward better public safety outcomes

If the spirit and letter of this budget on the public safety front remain intact after the Legislative gauntlet, we see big gains ahead on all fronts. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, State Budget, Community Corrections, Partnership for Community Excellence

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

California Forward’s comment on Gov. Brown’s budget proposal

The budget would improve fiscal management, bolster the delivery of community services, invest in critical infrastructure and encourage the creation of well-paying jobs.  Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, State Budget

How do we pay for upgrades to our water system?

We have a serious backlog in funding needed infrastructure projects in California—many of which, the state’s water infrastructure, in particular, are paid for with user fees.  Read More

Categories: State Budget, Accountability

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