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My News LA - Hooray for $15 state minimum wage: Dems, unions love it, GOP not so much

March 28, 2016
But Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, voiced his opposition to the wage deal, saying the state’s “high poverty rate” is due to the difficulty of operating a business in California.

ABC 10 - Gov. Brown announces minimum wage deal

March 28, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, plans to vote against the bill that he says will push businesses out of the state. “(The owners) are just rolling up shop and saying ‘it’s easier to do business in Texas or Utah or Nevada and that hurts our people even more in the long run,'" Moorlach said.

San Jose Mercury News - California's $15 minimum wage: Brown defends sudden embrace of wage hike

March 28, 2016
State Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, referred to the bill as a "roadblock" for business. "We have no way of knowing if this minimum wage hike will help or hurt workers and job growth, which California families need," he said.

Public CEO - Annual State Report Begins Showing Pension Debt

March 28, 2016
Following new accounting rules, the annual state financial report issued this month shows a “net pension liability” of $63.7 billion, a dramatic increase from the $3.2 billion “net pension obligation” reported last year.

CalPensions - Annual state report begins showing pension debt

March 28, 2016
Following new accounting rules, the annual state financial report issued this month shows a “net pension liability” of $63.7 billion, a dramatic increase from the $3.2 billion “net pension obligation” reported last year.

LA Patch - Labor Activists, Local Lawmakers Hail Gov. Brown's Minimum-Wage Hike

March 28, 2016
Labor activists, state lawmakers and local leaders, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Monday hailed a deal struck with Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislative and labor leaders to raise California's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

OC Register - Facing up to the state's debt burden

March 25, 2016
The state of California has run up $6,400 on your credit card. And the same amount for your spouse and each of your children. A family of four owes more than $25,000.

LB Indy - Public Safety Trumps View for Burying Wires

March 25, 2016
Public safety has usurped visual aesthetics as the motivation to underground utility cables citywide, says a report presented to the City Council Tuesday.

CityWatch - 'Caltrans is Worst Managed, Most Inefficient'... It's Time to Shift Road Funding to Counties

March 24, 2016
Last week, yet another high-profile scandal involving mismanagement rocked the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and this week I introduced Senate Bill 1141, which would launch a pilot program shifting road funds and maintenance duties from Caltrans to county governments.

Fox & Hounds - Senator John Moorlach: It’s Time to Shift Road Funding to Counties

March 22, 2016
Caltrans is one of the worst managed, most inefficient government agencies in the nation. Just look at the metrics. Californians pay among the highest gas taxes and the highest per-mile road maintenance, yet we also have the nation’s fifth worst roads. Those are clear signs that Caltrans is...

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