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Fire Tax TownHall Being Called

By   /  August 24, 2013  /  San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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My office has received many calls from constituents asking about the “California Fire Prevention Fee.” This unfair tax on rural property owners has many residents upset and I want you to get the answers you deserve in an upcoming telephone townhall. I am teaming up with fellow Republican legislators and Board of Equalization Member George […]

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As California Marks Anniversary of Parks Scandal, New Examples of Improper State Spending Emerge

By   /  May 5, 2013  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Sacramento, CA— April marks one year since the public was first made aware of the improper vacation buybacks for staff at the Department of Parks and Recreation.  As the California Budget Fact Check has previously found, this revelation ultimately led to the disclosure that the Department had hid $54 million in taxpayer dollars from the […]

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State Auditor Report Shows California is $127.2 Billion in the Red

By   /  April 18, 2013  /  General Posts  /  Comments Off

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  The nonpartisan California State Auditor’s office recently released a report detailing California’s “net worth” as a state. As is a common annual practice in the business world, the Auditor totaled up all of the state’s unrestricted assets and income, and then compared them against the state’s liabilities to determine net worth.  Factoring all of […]

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Cal Grant: Proposition 30 and Higher Education

By   /  March 19, 2013  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off

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As part of recent budget cuts, the Legislature scheduled reductions to the state’s premier financial aid program for students attending private colleges.  Those cuts were expected to cost students $22 million in 2012-13 and $35 million in 2013-14.  These pending cuts to financial aid raise the question: should the state use part of the $50 […]

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Parks Department Audit Reveals Problems Persist in the Wake of Fiscal Mismanagement

By   /  February 22, 2013  /  General Posts, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Last year, investigative media reports found that, while state parks were slated for closure due to budget cuts, the Department of Parks and Recreation hid $54 million in revenue and gave away $271,000 in unauthorized vacation buybacks for selected staff.   Following this news, Assemblywoman Gaines (R-Rocklin) requested an audit by the State Auditor.   Earlier this […]

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Fast Growing Areas of the Budget

By   /  January 31, 2013  /  General Posts, Opinion  /  2 Comments

[avatar user="cconway" size="original" align="left"] On Tuesday, the Speaker of the Assembly introduced his bill which would add 1 million Californians to the Medi-Cal rolls as part of the implementation of Obama Care.  The Legislative Analyst Office’s (LAOs) recent Fiscal Forecast published in November 2012 found that Medi-Cal would be one of the fastest growing programs […]

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Illegal Fire Tax Update

By   /  October 19, 2012  /  General Posts, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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An unwelcome tax bill may have recently hit your mailbox – a $150 parcel tax for property owners in areas where the state is responsible for fire protection. Assembly Republicans have strongly opposed this tax since it illegally passed the Legislature by a majority vote.  Now up to 825,000 Californians could be eligible for a […]

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Has Public Safety Realignment Saved the State Money?

By   /  September 20, 2012  /  General Posts, News, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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On October 1, California will mark the one year anniversary of the Public Safety Realignment program.  Public Safety Realignment will eventually result in 33,000-50,000 felons shifting from state to local custody and 64,000 parolee felons being supervised by local probation departments, instead of the state parole department. Communities across California are dealing with the chilling […]

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While State Contines to Struggle with Deficits, Politicians Continue to Spend More

By   /  August 23, 2012  /  General Posts, News, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Some in Sacramento have made the argument that real and significant budget cuts have been made in recent years.  A recent Sacramento Bee article highlighted the view shared by the majority party that “spending (today) is 11 percent below the state’s pre-recession peak.” But a closer look at recent spending decisions being made at the State Capitol shows that […]

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Parks Scandal Shines Spotlight on Prior Year Budget Spending

By   /  July 26, 2012  /  General Posts, OHV Issues  /  Comments Off

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Recent revelations about the Department of Parks and Recreation hiding $54 million dollars while threatening to close 70 state parks in the 2011-12 budget raises questions about other budget assumptions.    These revelations come as California started a new fiscal year on July 1st and taxpayers can take a closer look at last year’s actual spending now that the […]

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Is High Speed Rail More of a Budget Priority Than Education?

By   /  July 5, 2012  /  News  /  6 Comments

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On June 15th, the Legislature adopted the 2012-13 budget (AB 1464). Amendments to the budget bill (AB 1497) and the education budget trailer bill (SB 1016), the bill that implements the education policy changes needed to make the budget work, were adopted on June 27th. As the Legislature prepares to cast votes on a high speed […]

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Are We Cutting $8 Billion in Spending?

By   /  June 15, 2012  /  General Posts, OHV Issues  /  Comments Off

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Sacramento, CA– Tomorrow is the constitutional deadline to adopt the 2012-13 budget. Democratic leaders have declared they will meet the deadline. As the budget moved through the process, Democrats argued that their majority vote budget is balanced with $8.6 billion in tax increases and $8 billion in cuts. The California Budget Fact Check analysis found […]

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Why Did The California Deficit Grow?

By   /  May 17, 2012  /  News  /  Comments Off

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On May 14th, the Governor released the May Revision of his proposed 2012-13 budget.  The May Revision will be the starting point for final negotiations on the budget due by June 15th.  Among the highlights of the May Revision:    The deficit has grown from $9.2 billion to $15.7 billion.  This increase was a function […]

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April revenue numbers bring May budget changes

By   /  May 3, 2012  /  News  /  Comments Off

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April revenue numbers bring May budget changes. On May 14, 2012 Governor Jerry Brown is expected to release a revised version of his January budget proposal.  State tax collection from July 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012 will set the stage for the upcoming debate on this year’s final budget.  Since many Capitol watchers are examining […]

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