Reporting: State Budget Archives

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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