Releases and Articles

March 29, 2016
January vs. Yesterday Here’s what the Governor wrote in his budget proposal from January : “ …higher minimum wage laws are not free. They raise the operating costs of many businesses, and the state must shoulder higher wages in its programs… At $15 an hour… the General Fund would face major...
March 28, 2016
Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the new minimum wage legislation today:
March 21, 2016
State Auditor Finds Caltrans Misled the Legislature for 7 Years About Implementing Efficiency Measures Auditor: Caltrans Has Little & Often No Cost Controls on Projects Auditor: 62% of Caltrans Projects are Over Budget California Pays the 5th Highest Per Mile Road Maintenance, But Has Nation’s...
March 18, 2016
The State Auditor’s latest report on Caltrans is the clearest signal yet that road funds are not being spent efficiently, nor in the highest-priority areas.
March 17, 2016
Sacramento Bee March 16, 2016 [Excerpts] "Thanks to new accounting standards, California’s state and local governments are being forced to acknowledge tens of billions of dollars in previously obscure debt for unfunded pension liabilities. "The Governmental Accounting Standards Board says that “...
March 17, 2016
According to a new audit by the California State Auditor, Caltrans’ road maintenance operations are fraught with waste, abuse, and basic fiscal malpractice. “The audit basically found that Caltrans doesn’t even track how it spends maintenance money,” said Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). “This...
March 14, 2016
Facing unfunded pension and retiree medical liabilities of $220 billion or more, California has the highest debt total of all the 50 states, yet voters are asked every election to approve even more bonded debt and to vote for candidates with varying philosophies for state spending and debt.
March 8, 2016
The financial carnage continues as more local governments report their Fiscal Year 2015 balance sheets under the new rules, which requires them to account for defined benefit public employee pension "unfunded actuarial acrued liabilities" (UAALs).