Releases and Articles

January 29, 2017
Have you ever watched someone playing chess who realizes that they are a few moves away from being checkmated? But, instead of playing to the conclusion or tipping the king, the player totally disrupts the board and storms off in a tantrum?
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: While other states see increased economic activity on the horizon in 2017,...
January 24, 2017
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) released the following statement today regarding Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State address:
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.
January 10, 2017
California Families Deserve Better Fiscal Leadership
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...
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...
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.

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August 29, 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.' Hold onto your wallet.'"
August 26, 2016
"Shouldn't the taxpayers of California, who pay some of the highest taxes in the nation, have one of the best Departments of Transportation? One that can be bragged about? One that other states want to emulate? "Unfortunately, Caltrans is a national embarrassment. It's a 'Golden Fleece Award'...
August 23, 2016
Today, Senators Moorlach and Nguyen presented Orange County based Olympic medalist, Shirley Babashoff, on the Senate floor with a resolution to highlight her community involvement and to extend to her special honors for her many accomplishments at the Olympics and beyond.
August 22, 2016
California July Cash Report Update “State tax revenue is down. Is this a signal of things to come? When the next economic downturn hits, California is going to miss revenue projections by a larger margin. If the economy is contracting, then California will have to borrow to fund its budget. If the...
August 18, 2016
On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator John Moorlach's Senate Bill 1265 into law. The bill provides a much needed update to the California Probate Code and synchronizes it with the federal tax law.
August 15, 2016
It has chosen to pay $500 million per year for unnecessary Caltrans staffing over making Caltrans the best department of transportation in the nation. There’s no question that Caltrans is bloated and mismanaged and is not held accountable. But what to do with a mismanaged Caltrans?
August 11, 2016
“If you thought that Caltrans and the Bay Bridge were terrible, just wait to see how bad high-speed rail is going to be..." - Senator John Moorlach Los Angeles Times By Ralph Vartabedian August 8, 2016 [Excerpts] "Relocation of Highway 99 in Fresno, a key part of the bullet train project, is over...
July 31, 2016
Also published at The Orange County Register As a business major, and then a practicing C.P.A., I never imagined that I would spend much of my time in public office focusing on the mental health crisis we are facing in the U.S. The importance of addressing mental illness hit me front and center...
July 25, 2016
Senate Bill 1255, authored by Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), was signed into law by Governor Brown today. This legislation will amend the California Family Code to allow for a couple to be considered “living separate and apart” while still living under the same roof for purposes of establishing a date of separation as a precursor of divorce.
July 22, 2016
When the nation's largest pension system Monday announced its annual earnings, news coverage focused on the dismal 0.61 percent return for the last fiscal year.

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June 7, 2015
On June 7, 2015, Senator Moorlach and wife, Trina participated in the 22nd Annual Balboa Island Parade on Balboa Island. The “Anchors Away” themed parade was hosted by the Balboa Improvement Association. Floats, vintage cars, drill teams, local Costa Mesa marching bands, WWII Reeanactors, local...
June 1, 2015
Today, Senator Moorlach made the following comments from the Senate Floor in opposition to SB 3 (Leno) which would raise the minimum wage in California.
May 14, 2015
Newly elected State Senator and nationally recognized government budget and finance expert, John Moorlach released the following statement today in response to California Governor’s release of the state budget’s May Revision.
May 13, 2015
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) will provide instant analysis and commentary on the Governor’s May Budget revision Thursday morning. Senator Moorlach is uniquely qualified to discuss the state budget:

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