CA Fwd News & Insights

State Controller unveils new website

Having trouble understanding why California isn't as Golden as it used to be? Or maybe you just want to delve deeper into the complex world of the state finances... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Transparency

Idea Map: From your town to Sac-town

Californians from all over the state have shared their ideas for how to repair our broken government through the California Forward Idea Map, and today, we traveled to Fresno to showcase those ideas and announce plans to submit them to Governor Jerry Brown. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Jerry Brown, Leadership Council

Erase California’s budget deficit

Think you can balance the budget better than your representatives in Sacramento? Do you know which services you would cut or scale down?  Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, State Budget

Lock ‘em up ... but how do we pay?

Gov. Jerry Brown has recently proposed a couple of shifts that could take pressure off the state penal system and (if he's lucky) might even save a few bucks... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Jerry Brown, Restructuring

California Forward survey finds voter hope amid gloom

This week California Forward released the results from the first in a series of "California Viewpoints" surveys on Californian's attitudes toward state government, reform, and how... Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Accountability, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Leadership Council

Viewpoints: Californians can seize rare chance to reform government

To some, the stage might appear to be set for the same disenchanting story. A new governor has arrived in Sacramento, only to find the state facing another enormous budget shortfall... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Speak Up CA, State Budget

CA Fwd rekindles hope at Fresno community event

It’s been a long time since I have felt proud to be an American, grateful yes, but proud, no. Wednesday in Fresno, at the special event - Can California Be Fixed?... Read More

Categories: Leadership Council, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement, Leadership Council, Speak Up CA

Californians see problems, but are optimistic about solutions

A study of more than 1,000 Californians released today by California Forward finds that, while the problems that face California are serious, an overwhelming number of Californians say the state is fixable and not ungovernable... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Civic Engagement

Brown Calls for Bipartisan Budget Solutions

In his eighth state of the state address and first since returning to the office of governor, Jerry Brown forcefully advocated for the budget reforms, spending cuts, and tax extensions he introduced just after taking office. Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Budget Reform, Jerry Brown

Few Californians understand the state’s tax system. Fact.

Buried in a major new poll on Californians' attitudes toward government is a finding that explains many things: Only six percent of adults can identify where the bulk of the state's money comes from, and how it is spent... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Tax Reform

Your role in moving California Forward

Californians are speaking decisively about the fiscal and governance crisis gripping our state, and their message is clear: Fix this mess and fix it now. In a recent survey commissioned... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Civic Engagement, Leadership Council, Tom McKernan

CA Fwd named top CA influencer

California Forward has been named a top "California Influencer" by Campaigns & Elections magazine for its work to repair a broken state government... Read More

Categories: Governance Reform, Leadership Council, Jerry Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Selected Blog Posts, Speak Up CA, Civic Engagement, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, Leadership Council, Speak Up CA

Long-term thinking to fix California government

As Californians grapple with the major issues facing our state and work to find ways to fix our broken government, Common Good founder and chair and conservative columnist Philip K. Howard makes the case for... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Accountability, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform

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

Brown’s budget: A refreshing change in a sea of status quo

California, as we know, is awfully complex, with a Gross Domestic Product eclipsing that of all but seven world nations and a culture lurching ahead of perhaps all formal political entities... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Budget Reform, Fred Keeley, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Brown’s budget: A refreshing change in a sea of status quo

California, as we know, is awfully complex, with a Gross Domestic Product eclipsing that of all but seven world nations and a culture lurching ahead of perhaps all formal political entities... Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Selected Blog Posts, Fred Keeley, Budget Reform, State Budget, Budget Reform, Fred Keeley, Jerry Brown, State Budget

What advice would you give Governor Jerry Brown?

I would advise Governor Jerry Brown that "Rome was not built in one day!" Yes the State of California is in a fiscal crisis, however, it did not happen overnight and trying to balance... Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Jerry Brown, State Budget

Transparency crucial in budget negotiations

In the coming weeks, the California State Legislature will debate the details of Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal. With an $8.2 billion deficit in this year’s budget and... Read More

Categories: Jerry Brown, Restructuring, State Budget, Transparency

Gov. Brown’s budget and a path forward

Most new governors enjoy a grace period when the public and Legislature give them the time - and support - to do what they promised. We hope that's true for Governor Brown, because his budget, as tough as it is, may provide a bi-partisan way forward for California - something we at California Forward have been focused on for several years. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Bob Hertzberg, Governance Reform, Jerry Brown, State Budget, Tom McKernan

Online Chats Engage Californians and Focus on Future of CA

Every Californian should understand that our state is teetering on a financial precipice and that we each have a role in pulling it back from the brink. Join the conversation about the future of our state each Wednesday between noon and 1 p.m. through January. Read More

Categories: Selected Blog Posts, Civic Engagement, Governance Reform

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