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    • Headlines : California, Michigan, Washington

      Rising prices outdoors might be revenue negative

      The San Francisco Chronicle | by Tom Stienstra | November 11, 2013

      California's budget problems for parks, fish and wildlife aren't unusual. Washington, Michigan and many other states are facing similar struggles.

    • Headlines : California

      California unions to San Jose mayor: Drop your pension initiative

      The Sacramento Bee | by Jon Ortiz | November 8, 2013

      he measure would, among other things, change California's constitution so that state and local government employers could legally lower employees' pension terms prospectively.

    • Headlines : California

      California lawmakers accepting raises as budget picture brightens

      The Sacramento Bee | by Christopher Cadelago | November 6, 2013

      California lawmakers are getting their first pay raise in six years next month, and unlike previous increases, only a handful are turning down the larger paycheck.

    • Headlines

      State spending on prison health care is exploding. Here's why.

      Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | November 1, 2013

      Health care and prisons are two of the biggest drivers of state spending. So, when you throw them together you get… a whole lot of state spending.

    • Headlines : California

      Time Running Out To Request Rebates of Political Dues

      Union Watch | by Ed Ring | November 1, 2013

      Whenever anyone suggests that public sector unions are forcing their members to make political contributions, the unions retort that the contributions are strictly voluntary. Technically speaking, this is true, but the tedious process of opting out of making political contributions is a powerful deterrent.

    • Headlines

      States hit hardest by the shutdown

      USA Today | by Elaine S. Povich | October 24, 2013

      States with large military installations and major research institutions will suffer the greatest economic hit from the 16-day federal shutdown, according to new estimates from Moody's Analytics.

    • Headlines

      Are States Addicted To Revenue From Unclaimed Property?

      Forbes | by Cara Griffith | October 21, 2013

      Unclaimed property has become a revenue source for states because if the state can't find the rightful owner of the property, it keeps the property. This has made states aggressive in their audit practices.

    • Headlines

      States that ran parks during the shutdown will have to lobby Congress to be repaid

      Washington Post | by Niraj Chokshi | October 21, 2013

      A smattering of states from around the country will have to lobby Congress if they want to be repaid for running national parks during the federal government shutdown.

    • Headlines : California, New Jersey, New York

      How to Stop Courts' Blockades of Pension Reform

      Bloomberg | by Steve Malanga | October 18, 2013

      In more than two dozen states, including California and New York, courts have blocked government employers from making substantial changes to pension plans even with respect to work that an employee has yet to do.

    • Headlines : California

      San Jose mayor files public pension initiative

      The Sacramento Bee | by Jon Ortiz | October 16, 2013

      In a move that portends a labor firestorm, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other city leaders filed papers on Tuesday aiming to put a public pension measure on the November 2014 statewide ballot.


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    • Budget timeframe: Annual

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

      Jerry BrownGov. Edmung G. "Jerry" Brown
      State Capitol
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      Phone: (916) 445-2841
      Fax: (916) 445-4633
      http://gov.ca.gov/

       

       

       

       

       

      Ana Matosantos

       

      Ana Matosantos, Director of Finance
      Department of Finance
      915 L Street
      Sacramento, CA 95814
      Phone (916) 445-3878
      Fax: (916) 324-7311
      www.dof.ca.gov

       

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities

       

      California is required to pass a "balanced budget." California Code Section 13337.5 of state law prohibits the annual budget act from authorizing expenditures in excess of revenues. In 2004 the Constitution was amended to include language to specifically prevent the presentation of a budget bill that would appropriate from the General Fund more than that Fund would receive in revenues. California law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next. The State only budgets for expenditures, not revenues.

       

      The California Constitution limits appropriations to the appropriations limit from the previous year, adjusted for inflation and the change in population. This is commonly called "budgeting for fiscal discipline," and is a way to keep the growth of appropriations from outpacing the growth in revenues from year to year.
      Unfortunately, the most recently passed budget relies heavily on accounting maneuvers, including moving tax receipts from one year to a next and borrowing $5 billion against future lottery earnings. The lottery borrowing requires the approval of voters in a ballot measure in a special election the Spring of 2009. If the lottery plan is defeated, midyear cuts and other measures to rein in spending are likely. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      Find the state's bond ratings here.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions: California

      Reform Before Revenue: How to Fix California's Retiree Health-Care Problem

      The Manhattan Institute | by Stephen D. Eide | October 31, 2012

      This paper examines the ongoing fiscal crisis caused by health-care plans for retirees (known as "other post-employment benefits," or OPEB) in one of the hardest-hit states, California, and outlines necessary reforms that should come before tax increases or cuts to government services.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmaker’s Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions: California

      Rising Pension Costs Threaten Cities’ Ability to Provide Services

      Hoover Institution of Stanford University | by Chuck Reed | October 16, 2012

      In June 2012, nearly 70% of San Jose voters approved "Measure B" - a set of pension reforms that the City Council placed on the ballot after more than 8 months of negotiations with our employee unions.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is Broken—Let the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Adult Probation

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012
    • Solutions

      Solutions to the public pension crisis

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | August 1, 2012

      Public pensions at the state and municipal levels are unsustainable in their current form.  State Budget Solutions' recent study by Andrew Biggs found that public pensions are underfunded by $4.6 trilion. Here we offer solutions to the pension crisis

    • Solutions: California

      Road Map to Recovery

      Pacific Research Institute | October 31, 2011

      Document that outlines ten steps to return California to prosperity.


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