Senator Moorlach's Primer for Governor Brown's 2017 State of the State

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Evaluating California's condition requires checking vital signs and determining where our efforts are needed most.

Below are 5 key metrics and resulting questions the Governor should address about the state of our state:

  1. While other states see increased economic activity on the horizon in 2017, California, for the 12th year in a row, has been rated the worst state in which to do business. What is the plan to reduce burdensome regulations and make California more friendly to business?

  2. California is the 5th most expensive state in which to live and raise a family, and the Governor has predicted imminent economic downturns. What is the plan to protect California's economy and make it more competitive in the coming years?

  3. California has the nation's highest income tax, sales tax, and gas tax (when cap and trade is included). What is the plan to make these taxes more equitable with the national average?

  4. California elected officials have proposed to continue to encourage sanctuary status for its municipalities. Is there a plan to back-fill billions of dollars in potential lost federal funding to local governments?

  5. California's housing costs are among the nation's highest, and well-intended environmental regulations have pushed housing far beyond job centers, producing more wear and tear on our roads - and higher transportation costs on families. What is the plan to address and remove specific regulatory burdens so that California families can have more affordable housing near job centers in this state?

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State Senator John Moorlach is a nationally recognized budget, finance, and fiscal policy expert. Moorlach graduated from CA State University in Long Beach in 1977, passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978, and completed his studies for the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1987. He earned a Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Delaware, Division of Continuing Education in 1995, the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP) in Employee Pensions in 1999 and the Trustees Masters Program in 2003 through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the New Supervisors Training Institute in 2007 from CA State University in Sacramento in cooperation with their Center for California Studies.