Budget Reform

Mike Genest: Ensuring state and municipal solvency
150 150 Mike Genest

When I retired as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Director of Finance at the end of last year, I decided that I wanted to remain involved in state policy, especially surrounding our troubled budget.

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Alex Raksin: The Whitman and Brown debate
150 150 Alex Raksin

The notion that California is the place to “invent the American dream” may have been conjured up by real estate hucksters, but Californians largely accepted this romantic ideal during the 20th Century, thanks not only to the Mamas and the Papas and scores of other Hollywood musicians and movie-makers, but to the Progressive leaders who created a ballot initiative process that gives voters enough clout to act like a Fourth branch of government.

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Dear Gov responses
150 150 Vance Hickin

On Tuesday, California Forward announced the launch of its important campaign to engage with people across the state, encouraging them to share their thoughts about budget reform.

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News > Fwd: Week of August 23
150 150 Armando Botello II

Yesterday, in a letter to legislative leaders, State Controller John Chiang, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Director of Finance Ana Matosantos announced they will be deferring $2.5 billion in payments to schools and $400 million to counties.

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News < Re: Week of August 9
150 150 Ash Roughani

$2,190,870,000.00 That’s the amount in unpaid bills the state will accrue if it does not enact a budget by the end of this month, according to State Controller John Chiang.

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News > Fwd: Week of August 9
150 150 Armando Botello II

With reform-watchers having this Friday the 13th circled on their calendars, all eyes will be on budget talks in the Legislature.

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News > Fwd: Week of August 16
150 150 Armando Botello II

Over a month and a half past the constitutional deadline to enact a budget, only $4 billion is separating Republicans and Democrats in their negotiations. Only.

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Op-ed: The clock is ticking on reform – but it’s not too late
150 150 Bob Hertzberg & Tom McKernan

In an opinion article published today by Capitol Weekly, Leadership Council Co-Chairs Bob Hertzberg and Tom McKernan urge state leaders to coalesce around comprehensive fiscal reform proposals crafted by California Forward.

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