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Press Releases

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Silicon Valley Leadership Group Pushes for Budget Reforms as Part of Budget Solution

Calling on the Governor and legislative leaders to include fundamental budget reform in this year’s agreement on the state budget, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Board of Directors has voted unanimously to join a chorus of Californians endorsing the California Forward Fiscal Reform Plan.  Read More

Primary Reform Could Boost Voter Participation

According to a new report published by California Forward, a non-partisan “top two” primary system would likely boost turnout of independent voters as well as voters registered with particular parties.  Read More

California Forward Reforms Move Ahead

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Pérez announced today that the Legislature’s proposal to overhaul the state Constitution will include California Forward’s non-partisan plan to reform the budget process and give communities new tools to solve local problems.  Read More

Governor endorses Budget Reform Package in State of the State

Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) applauded Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s support for her proposal on performance-based budgeting and other budget reforms in his State of the State address today before the State Legislature. Read More

California Suffering ‘Civic Recession’

A new report, released today by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and California Forward, shows that just under three in four Californians have cut back on the time they spent volunteering, participating in groups, and doing other civic activities.  Read More

California Suffering ‘Civic Recession’

A new report, released today by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and California Forward, shows that just under three in four Californians have cut back on the time they spent volunteering, participating in groups, and doing other civic activities.  Read More

Yolo County Board of Supervisors Supports California Forward 2010 Reform Plan

This week, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors voiced their support for the efforts of California Forward, a non-partisan organization formed with the mission to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more responsive, representative and cost-effective government.  Read More

California Forward Action Fund Reform Initiatives Built On Lessons Learned From Other States

The California Forward Action Fund has submitted a pair of nonpartisan initiatives built for California based on best practices used by other states and successful business to balance budgets, produce better results for citizens and taxpayers and reduce waste:  Read More

California Forward Action Fund Submits Reform Initiatives

The California Forward Action Fund submitted a pair of nonpartisan initiatives Friday that would bring comprehensive reform to California’s broken budget process, protect funding for local services and give communities new tools and resources to set their own priorities and chart their own paths for the future.  Read More

Legislation to Strengthen Budget Oversight Moves Forward

The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Revenues and the Economy agreed today to move forward legislation by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) to establish a performance-based state budget process.  Read More

California Forward Leadership Council Backs Six Props that will Help Stabilize the State’s Finances

California’s Legislature has placed six propositions on the May 19 Special Election ballot that are part of a budget agreement crafted to maintain essential services during one of the most dramatic economic downturns in decades.  Read More

California Forward Leadership Council Backs Six Props that will Help Stabilize the State’s Finances

California’s Legislature has placed six propositions on the May 19 Special Election ballot that are part of a budget agreement crafted to maintain essential services during one of the most dramatic economic downturns in decades.  Read More

Robert M. Hertzberg to Serve as Co-Chair of California Forward

Former Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg today will begin serving as co-chair of California Forward, an ambitious bipartisan effort to remake a state government increasingly hobbled by partisan stalemates.  Read More

Listening to How Californians Would Fix Their State Budget

Californians on a bipartisan basis want to see a more open state budget process that ensures tax money is well spent on the highest priorities, according to research commissioned by California Forward.  Read More

New Bipartisan Public Interest Effort Commits to Transform Government to Better Serve Californians

Amid growing anxiety that state government is not addressing California’s growing challenges, an ambitious bipartisan project was launched on Wednesday to fortify a state government hobbled by partisan stalemates, poor fiscal choices, and inadequate public programs.  Read More

Foundation Partnership Supports California Forward

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The California Endowment, and Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund together have committed substantial funding, $15.9 million over three years, to support California Forward’s efforts to achieve more responsive, inclusive and accountable state government.  Read More

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