Budget Reform

Part 5: Spend unexpected revenues in ways that will make money in lean times
150 150 Lenny Mendonca and Pete Weber

Four ways California can provide itself some cover for the next economic downturn and not repeat the budgetary mistakes of the past

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Part 4: Spend growing revenues on reducing growing cost drivers
150 150 Fred Silva

As increased revenues roll in, budgetmakers must keep in mind long-term pension and health care obligations that will continue to take up more and more precious resources for years to come.

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Part 3: Budget rules will drive where much of the extra money goes–but not how it will be spent
150 150 Fred Silva

Even if most of this year’s revenue windfall does go to California schools and the rainy day fund, the conversation should not be over. Part 3 in our “Boom, Bust, Repeat?” series.

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Part 2: This is a boom, and it should be treated as a boom
150 150 Fred Silva

…some of which will go bust. Next story in series covers some California history that shows why the state needs to smartly prepare the budget for the next recession.

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Part 1: Revenues may be rolling in but state budget must heed lessons of past
150 150 Lenny Mendonca and Pete Weber

Boom, Bust, Repeat? – New series from CA Fwd explores how the state can smartly manage recent revenue gains to strengthen public programs for the long term.

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Wait… What? Agency advising Governor on payments to counties proposes moving to VBM to save money
150 150 Doug Chapin

The State of California, like some other states, has an “unfunded mandate” law that requires the state to make money available for new legislation that imposes costs on counties. In practice, those mandates can be “suspended” for budgetary reasons, leaving localities holding the bag on costs.

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California community colleges get double dose of good news
150 150 Nadine Ono

California’s community colleges are considered a key player California meeting the challenge of aligning its workforce to the jobs available. Recently they received a double dose of good news from Governor Brown and President Obama

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Budget: Proposition 2 already having positive impact
150 150 Christopher Nelson

A mere two months after voters approved the Rainy Day Fund Stabilization Act, Governor Brown’s budget proposal reveals Proposition 2 is already having a positive impact on California’s long-term fiscal health.

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