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May 3, 2017
Today, the United States Senate approved House Resolution 66 by Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan that overturns a disastrous rule from the Department of Labor during the Obama Administration. Congress listened to the people, unpleased by the previous Administration’s rule by fiat. With the...
April 20, 2017
A bill by Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) and Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) to make California a Right-To-Work state was killed yesterday in the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on a partisan vote. AB 1174 would have given workers the freedom to decide whether or not...
April 17, 2017
Today, I am asking Governor Brown to veto Senate Bill 1 -- the largest transportation tax increase in California state history -- for a multitude of reasons as outlined in my floor speech against the bill.
April 12, 2017
California is heading toward a fiscal crisis. We’re facing the high cost of retiree medical healthcare, massive unfunded liabilities for public employee pension benefits, and a $1.6 billion budget deficit. Tax increases are not going to get us out of this hole. Only fiscal integrity can fix...
April 7, 2017
My comments regarding the transportation and gastax increases proposed in Senate Bill 1
March 29, 2017
The California State Controller's Office released the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) today. As we warned last year , the state is not directly accounting for all of its unfunded liabilities as the growing retiree medical debt of $76.7 billion is once again not included in the...
January 31, 2017
Will California pass public pension reform?

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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.
October 11, 2016
"If you want to know the fate that awaits California, just watch the state of Illinois. It's a slow-moving fiscal train wreck and California is on the same track. The catalyst? Underfunded pensions. I drove through Illinois, from top to bottom, last October to see it for myself. "California's...
September 30, 2016
Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown signing Assembly Bill 1671 by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles):
September 29, 2016
Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown signing Senate Bill 1234, which creates a bureaucratically run, government mandated, savings plan:
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.”
September 26, 2016
On Saturday, September 24, Governor Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1463, which would have given local governments more say in fire-prevention efforts through the current Public Utilities Commission current proceeding making maps of fire hazard areas around utility lines. Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)...
September 19, 2016
Following Governor Jerry Brown's signing of Senate Bill 1383 (Lara) today, Senator John Moorlach issued the following statement:
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.
August 31, 2016
Today, Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) presented Senate Resolution 88, which requests that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) correct a mistake from 40 years ago and rightfully award dozens of women swimmers the recognition and medals that they deserved, had they not been cheated by the East German team, who used performance-enhancing substances. Senate Resolution 88 passed with a 39-0 vote.
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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July 6, 2015
Senator Moorlach joined the DeMaio-Sullivan KOGO AM San Diego to discuss California’s water crisis.
June 29, 2015
Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) was recently appointed by Senate President pro Tempore, Kevin de León to serve on the State Senate’s Extraordinary Session on Health Care’s Public Health and Developmental Services Committee.
June 24, 2015
(Sacramento, CA) – Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) responded to today's formal signing of the 2015-16 California state budget by issuing the following statement: “I applaud Governor Brown for rejecting the legislature’s appetite for higher spending. He is wise in preferring a more conservative...
June 19, 2015
In preparation for today’s budget vote, Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement and summary of 5 key California budget health indicators.
June 19, 2015
Today, Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) brought to the Senate Budget Bill (SB 97) debate a reminder of California’s unfunded liabilities and long term fiscal debts:
June 19, 2015
A Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, Senator Moorlach first gained national prominence by helping Orange County navigate its way out of bankruptcy 20 years ago – then the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S. history. Five Key Measures of California’s Fiscal Health Tax...
June 15, 2015
Today, Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) made the following comments from the Senate Floor on how the passage of AB93 will only thrust California towards ‘fiscal implosion:
June 11, 2015
I have now spent 12 weeks representing California's 37th District as a state senator, and I have noticed the state Legislature enjoys meddling in the affairs of Orange County.
June 10, 2015
Today Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) joined the California Small Business Association (CSBA) in honoring local Orange County restaurant Zov’s as the small business of the year from the 37th Senate District.
June 8, 2015
The joy of being a little older is that one has seen a few economic cycles over the decades. This is certainly true for Gov. Jerry Brown, 77, who instinctively knows that after a brief economic boom, another recession is not too far off. The proverbial warning from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” is not lost on the governor.

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