Reporting: State Budget Archives

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, 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: Budget Reform, Reader Poll, 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: Budget Reform, Economy, Elections, Governance Reform, State Budget, Tom McKernan, 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

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: State Budget

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: Budget Reform, Governance Reform, 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, 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, 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: Crime, Jerry Brown, State Budget, 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: Budget Reform, Economy, Jerry Brown, 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: Accountability, State Budget

California Legislature notches a winning season

From CA Fwd’s perspective – nonpartisan, good governance – 2013 was a winning season, not a championship year, but steady progress. Read More

Categories: Economy, Government, State Budget

Could the path to fiscal prudence come through transparency?

Despite deserved good press for getting the bill signed on time, the transparency parade was unable to avoid rain via the governor’s blue pencil. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Government, Jerry Brown, State Budget, Transparency

Governor’s budget agreement ushers in new era of school spending

The budget deal will significantly simplify and rebalance how the state allocates money among school districts and charter schools serving 6 million students Read More

Categories: Education, Jerry Brown, State Budget

UC system accepting more out-of-state students at the expense of CA residents

Famously wracked by budget cuts, the UC system has reached a new low in the number of actual Californians it’s admitting. At the same time, out-of-state applicants have had their acceptance levels swell by 21 percent over last year for the coming fall semester. Read More

Categories: Californians, Education, State Budget

Prosperity plan aims to strengthen Sacramento economy

“There is no cavalry riding to our rescue,” said Jim Williams, member of the Next Economy Capital Region Prosperity Plan leadership team, as he urged Sacramento business leaders to commit themselves to hammering out a better economic future for the Sacramento region. Read More

Categories: Civic Engagement, State Budget

Removing the blindfold: Why California needs transparency

A recent dispute between Assembly members John Perez and Anthony Portantino highlights a problem that sits at the foundation of California's broken government: a disturbing lack of transparency and accountability. Read More

Categories: Accountability, Budget Reform, Selected Blog Posts, State Budget, Transparency

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