Releases and Articles

March 13, 2018
Many of California’s 482 cities are in financial distress, facing a tipping point to insolvency mainly due to unfunded pension liabilities. Yet many other cities are in decent financial condition, according to their audited financial statements, as presented in their Comprehensive Annual Financial...
October 19, 2017
I write to you today in your role as the chief administrator of the California Motion Picture and Television Production Credit’s allocation, assignment, purchase, sale and application of credit against income or franchise tax at the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). As I am sure you have seen, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been caught in abhorrent and disgusting behavior that not only looks immoral and unethical, but likely is illegal. While we hope that law enforcement is investigating the claims, it is our responsibility as elected officials to make sure that state tax dollars and credits are spent in accordance with our values.
October 10, 2017
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October 2, 2017
Tomorrow, I will participate in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing called by Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon and chaired by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson in our State’s Capitol. The hearing is titled, “Combatting Hate While Protecting the Constitution.” As Vice Chair, I invited noted political...
September 22, 2017
Supermajority legislative leaders declared that the 2017 Session "may be the most productive and progressive legislative session in memory." They may be right. And it's only half done. We don't know if that is something to brag about, though. We believe that media perspectives describing 2017 as a...
July 18, 2017
SACRAMENTO -- Yesterday, Governor Brown signed three key pieces of legislation I introduced that are designed to make state government processes more transparent, efficient, and effective. Senate Bill 665 Citizens deserve the transparency and reputable information from their local governments. This...
July 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO, CA -- After a whirlwind of discussions thanks to Gov. Brown's legislative cram down, the Senate Republican Caucus delivered him a letter voicing concerns about the detrimental effects of his proposed cap-and-trade policy. Below are excerpts: Preserving quality of life for all...
June 30, 2017
“For future elections, SB 665 will hopefully prevent the confusion we saw over ballot argument selections for a local measure in the 2016 election.” ~ Senator Moorlach SACRAMENTO, CA – Senate Bill 665, Sen. John Moorlach’s bill clarifying potential signatories for the arguments in ballot measure...
June 29, 2017
Yesterday I had the opportunity to recognize HomeAid Orange County as a part of California Nonprofits Day organized by CalNonprofits . HomeAid does excellent work in my district dealing with a cause I've long fought for: ending homelessness. The award was accepted on behalf HomeAID by Scott Larson...
June 16, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown has openly stated that a recession is coming and that budget cuts are inevitable. So I began my comments on the final budget acknowledging the uncomfortable fact that – at $125 billion – this is California’s largest general fund budget ever. It is difficult to reconcile the...
May 11, 2017
"If managing the budget is 'like riding a tiger,' looking out ahead ten years from now is like standing on the deck of the sinking Titanic."

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December 21, 2016
Californians in April will start paying more to register their cars -- not to help maintain roads, but to keep the pension checks rolling for the motorcycle cops who policed them.
December 14, 2016
Senator Moorlach joins Studio SoCaL to interview Rick Reiff and Elizabeth Espinosa to discuss Pensions: Employee's rights vs. Taxpayers.
December 13, 2016
Charter Local Edition’s Leslie Leyton interviews Senator John Moorlach about the possibility of how unfunded pension liabilities could become our next fiscal calamity.
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?”
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.
November 7, 2016
WHO: Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) and Dan Worthington, retired Corporal in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959, who served as a draftee in the Cold War era. WHAT: This Veterans Day Ceremony will acknowledge the importance of sites along the Pacific Coast, which served to defend California and the...
October 18, 2016
"The metrics are in and others are beginning to recognize how deep the pension liability hole is for not only California, but the entire nation. It's time for the public employees and Legislature to work together to develop a long-term solution for these public pensions that are currently...

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December 1, 2015
On December 1, 2015, my staff and I gave a first look at my priorities for the 2016 legislative session in Sacramento.
September 9, 2015
A fresh review of post-recession California budget data revealed that California’s road spending remained stagnant at roughly $10 billion per year over the past six years, while revenues from gas and diesel taxes and fees grew from $6.9 billion to $8.7 billion.
September 3, 2015
Today, Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement regarding Governor Brown’s revised transportation tax plan: “Californians already pay the nation’s 4th highest gas tax. And, California’s transportation spending is already three times the national average per-mile of...
September 2, 2015
According to a newly released poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies, Californians oppose a gas tax hike by a large 63 percent to 37 percent margin and oppose raising the vehicle registration fee “car tax” by a 74 percent to 26 percent margin.
August 28, 2015
This Monday, August 31st, Malcolm Doughtery, Director of Caltrans, Ryan Chamberlain, Director, Caltrans District 12, John Bulinski, Acting District 8 Director and others will be golfing at Dove Canyon Country Club in Orange County . “Is Caltrans management that arrogant and tone-deaf?” asked State...
August 27, 2015
Today, the California State Auditor released its findings of an audit of Caltrans, showing that Caltrans approved the time sheets of an engineer who played golf for 55 workdays from August 2012 to March 2014. 
After being reassigned in April of 2014, supervisors continued to fail to directly...
August 27, 2015
Today, the California State Auditor released its findings of an audit of Caltrans, showing that Caltrans approved the time sheets of an engineer who played golf for 55 workdays from August 2012 to March 2014. After being reassigned in April of 2014, supervisors continued to fail to directly...
August 19, 2015
In a rigorous discussion today during the Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Development over Senator Moorlach’s SBX1-9 (Responsible Contacting for Caltrans), the discussion quickly shifted focus to Caltrans’ lack of transparency, poor budgeting and mismanagement of funds.
August 7, 2015
This year, the majority Democratic Party found new ways to spend the $6 billion to $9 billion in additional tax revenue, passing the largest state budget in California history. Funding to fix our roads and bridges, however, was woefully inadequate.
August 6, 2015
1. CA's gas taxes are the 4th highest in the nation. According to the American Petroleum Institute , California's 61-cent-per-gallon gas taxes are the 4th highest in the nation, behind only Pennsylvania, New York and Hawaii. This does not include the recent addition of extra cap-and-trade taxes...

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