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California Legislature doesn't understand the art of the deal
January 12, 2017
If California decides to draw a line in the sand, Trump, the consummate businessman, might not view California as a very good investment.
6 Key Measures of California's Fiscal Health 2017-18
January 9, 2017
Senator Moorlach's Notes on Analyzing the Governor's 2017-18 Budget Proposal 1. California's Net Financial Position California’s “net” financial position is a $169 billion deficit ($4,375 per person) according to the most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This figure should be...
Legislature's hiring of Obama's attorney general raises questions
January 5, 2017
[posted with permission from The Daily Journal] The Democrat-controlled state Legislature's decision to hire former Obama administration Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. raises questions about how California's collection of top attorneys will work together, and if the move will spark or avoid...
Daily Journal: Incoming attorney general may be granted new powers
January 4, 2017
California will soon have a new attorney general, who may have several new powers and responsibilities if the state Legislature gets its way.
State must tackle its debts
December 3, 2016
The Legislative Analyst’s Office recently announced that it is forecasting a $2.8 billion budget surplus for the state of California next year. As the SNL Church Lady would say, “Isn’t that special?”
Expanding county supervisor boards: What exactly are we trying to solve?
November 20, 2016
There’s a basic truth worth remembering whenever someone proposes new legislation: What problem is it attempting to solve? This political guidepost came to mind in the last session when reviewing State Constitutional Amendment 8, which would have forced several counties in California to increase the number of seats on their boards of supervisors.
Senator John Moorlach on Thisday in Laguna Woods
October 17, 2016
Last week I had the pleasure of joining Laguna Woods, California "Thisday" for an interview to discuss my efforts to reform our state's severely flawed transportation department & a pivotal victory for mental health care services.
State should focus on roads instead of creating retirement plans
September 28, 2016
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s Senate Bill 1234 – or the Secure Choice Act – is a noble effort to impose a defined contribution plan into your budget, but it is neither “secure” nor a “choice.”
NEW Op-Ed: Misplaced Priorities in State Capitol
September 18, 2016
Instead of passing feel-good legislation with little impact, like SB32, the Legislature needs to focus on the issues we can fix — issues like paying down debt, putting more money away in our state’s Rainy Day Fund and prioritizing practical transportation needs over a costly high-speed rail project and a severely mismanaged Caltrans.
The Desensitization of Debt -- An Accountant's Analysis of Propositions 51 & 53
August 30, 2016
In the 2016 June Primary, 81 percent of local tax and bond measures were passed by the California electorate. That, of course, would seem to make a pretty significant statement about the mood of these voters have in regards to incurring future debt and establishing additional local taxes. This November, they will have two chances to reassert fiscal prudence and make a significant statement about long-term debt.
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