Public Employee Unions Vow to Kill the California Financial Transparency Act

Unions say informing voters sets “a bad precedent,” provides “superfluous information” and “convolutes issues”
Thursday, April 7, 2016

California has over $250 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities, most of which is state public employee pension costs.

That's why public employee unions are working to kill SB 1251 (Moorlach), which establishes the California Financial Transparency Act and requires the state’s financial data to be printed in the voter information pamphlet.

Opposition letters from unions have been pouring in, claiming this is “superfluous information” that “convolutes issues” and creates “unnecessary confusion for voters,” and that providing such information “sets a bad policy precedent.”

What the unions really are saying is they don’t want voters knowing just how badly union control in Sacramento has run the state into debt.  Here is the data proposed to be printed in the state voter information pamphlet:

State Budget Fiscal Year 2014-15                                                                        

Revenue                                     $  246.8 billion     (CAFR)

Expenditures                                  271.3 billion     (CAFR)

Unrestricted net assets/deficit     (-169.0 billion)    (CAFR)

Current State Debts

Unfunded pension liabilities        $ 180.0 billion     (CalPERS,  CAFR,  UC)

Unfunded retiree medical                 74.2 billion     (CAFR)
benefit liabilities

Infrastructure deficit                         77.0 billion     (DOF)

Outstanding bond debt                    82.0 billion     (CAFR)


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