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Minimum Wage -- Unions Flex Muscle; Governor Changes Stance
March 29, 2016
January vs. Yesterday Here’s what the Governor wrote in his budget proposal from January : “ …higher minimum wage laws are not free. They raise the operating costs of many businesses, and the state must shoulder higher wages in its programs… At $15 an hour… the General Fund would face major...
Sen. Moorlach Responds to Flawed Minimum Wage Hike Legislation
March 28, 2016
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the new minimum wage legislation today:
In Wake of Caltrans #BigLie Scandal, Sen. Moorlach Introduces Bill to Shift Road Funding/Duties to Counties
March 21, 2016
State Auditor Finds Caltrans Misled the Legislature for 7 Years About Implementing Efficiency Measures Auditor: Caltrans Has Little & Often No Cost Controls on Projects Auditor: 62% of Caltrans Projects are Over Budget California Pays the 5th Highest Per Mile Road Maintenance, But Has Nation’s...
Audit's Findings of Caltrans "Big Lie" Means CA Must Reform Road Spending Before Considering Higher Taxes
March 18, 2016
The State Auditor’s latest report on Caltrans is the clearest signal yet that road funds are not being spent efficiently, nor in the highest-priority areas.
In Case You Missed It... Dan Walters: California pension debts revealed
March 17, 2016
Sacramento Bee March 16, 2016 [Excerpts] "Thanks to new accounting standards, California’s state and local governments are being forced to acknowledge tens of billions of dollars in previously obscure debt for unfunded pension liabilities. "The Governmental Accounting Standards Board says that “...
BREAKING NEWS: New Audit Shows Huge Waste, Infefficiency at Caltrans
March 17, 2016
According to a new audit by the California State Auditor, Caltrans’ road maintenance operations are fraught with waste, abuse, and basic fiscal malpractice. “The audit basically found that Caltrans doesn’t even track how it spends maintenance money,” said Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). “This...
With California's Government Hundreds of Billions in the RED, Senator Moorlach Introduces Bill To Give Voters Access to State's Balance Sheet
March 14, 2016
Facing unfunded pension and retiree medical liabilities of $220 billion or more, California has the highest debt total of all the 50 states, yet voters are asked every election to approve even more bonded debt and to vote for candidates with varying philosophies for state spending and debt.
ICYMI: NBC Bay Area Airs Hard-Hitting, Alarming Report on Public Employee Pension Crisis
March 9, 2016
Watch Here "California’s pension liabilities are primed to rob the state’s piggy bank." "Today, we’re about $170 billion short." "That’s equivalent to almost one-and-a-half times the state's annual budget" --NBC Bay Area Report, March 4, 2016 Watch Here Read Sen. Moorlach's last Pension Debt Update...
PENSION UPDATE: Kern, San Diego, Riverside & Other Counties Join "Billion Dollar Club"
March 8, 2016
The financial carnage continues as more local governments report their Fiscal Year 2015 balance sheets under the new rules, which requires them to account for defined benefit public employee pension "unfunded actuarial acrued liabilities" (UAALs).
BREAKING NEWS: Pension Debt Swamps L.A. County Balance Sheet
March 3, 2016
GASB ("GAZ-bee") and CAFR ("CAF-er") are two of 2016's most important acronyms. That's because the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) mandated that, beginning this year, governments must report unfunded public employee pension liabilities on their audited balance sheets in their Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR).
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