CA Fwd in the News

A running list of coverage of CA Fwd in the news, alongside selected items on reform in California.

For press inquiries, please contact Jania Palacios (520-404-7643, jania@cafwd.org).

Low Voter Turnout Seen Among Fast Growing California Demographic Groups

Only one in three eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2016 general election to elect all the statewide offices, congressional representatives and approve initiatives last November, a record low. But, for two of California's fastest growing groups, the numbers are even more troubling. Read more

CA Fwd offers policy framework for special legislative session on road funding

While state leaders agreed on a $167 billion budget this week, Gov. Brown also called a special legislative session to solve a funding challenge the last three governors have struggled to address: a $59 billion backlog in state road and highways maintenance. CA Fwd highlighted this shortfall as one of the state’s biggest fiscal issues in its Financing the Future series—and this week offered lawmakers a detailed set of revenue options for closing funding gaps, while also improving the governance of the transportation system. Read more

Tax debate must get beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax measures moving through the Legislature or toward the November 2016 ballot, California’s perennial debate about taxes is set to begin anew—with millions of dollars in political campaigns preparing to shape how the state will raise billions of dollars in revenue, and provide public services, for years to come. Read more

The coming revenue debate must look beyond politics

With more than a dozen major tax measures moving through the Legislature or toward the November 2016 ballot, California’s perennial debate about taxes is set to begin anew—with millions of dollars in political campaigns preparing to shape how the state will raise billions of dollars in revenue, and provide public services, for years to come. Read more

Roger Hernandez Literally Silences Republican Opposition in Calif. Committee Hearing

Before the Legislature’s summer recess, the Capitol was buzzing with several legislative committees deciding the fate of dozens of bills. Policy committee work is not glamorous, but it is an essential part of the democratic process that should be respected. Among all of the hearings one incident stood out and for really unfortunate reasons. Read more

3 Bills Advance The Cause of ‘Open Data’ in California

What is Open Data for? Standardized and freely shared, public data can inform policymakers as well as state residents about the operations and performance of government, as well as invite innovation from the public, private and non-profit sectors through increased collaboration and analysis. Read more

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