Shocking Increase In Corrections Salary Spending

Dear Legislators, At $7.3 billion, current year salary spending on Corrections employees is 33% higher than forecast by last year’s budget and nearly 50% more than the prior year. This isn’t small change. $7.3 billion is more than twice the $3 billion you awarded the entire Judicial Branch. Even before you and the governor granted … Continue reading Shocking Increase In Corrections Salary Spending

AB 1400

Dear Legislators, >90 percent of Californians have health insurance. To reach 100 percent, Governor Newsom proposes expanding Medi-Cal to all income-eligible residents, which would turn California into a multi-payer universal coverage system not unlike the systems of Netherlands and most of Europe.* In contrast, three state legislators have introduced AB 1400, a bill to establish … Continue reading AB 1400

Our View Of Governor’s Proposed 2022-23 Budget

Earlier this week DOF released the Governor’s Proposed Budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. At 400 pages it takes time, a process we have now completed. Some initial thoughts follow:There’s a good deal to like, including: A proposal to extend preventative Medi-Cal coverage to all income-eligible residents that would make CA a multi-payer … Continue reading Our View Of Governor’s Proposed 2022-23 Budget

Governor’s Proposed Budget

Tomorrow the CA Department of Finance will release the “Governor’s Proposed Budget” for the 2022-23 fiscal year that commences July 1. At nearly 300 pages, it is one of two documents providing deep insight into the state government.* I’ve been reading them for nearly two decades now and offer a few tips: Pay little attention … Continue reading Governor’s Proposed Budget

GFC’s 2022 Agenda

The CA Legislature reconvened this week and will spend the next nine months deliberating over thousands of bills and more than $300 billion of spending. GFC's 11-person Sacramento team is: Pressing for sufficient budget reserves and better value for spending on K-12, Medi-Cal, Corrections and Homelessness;Resisting tax increases and new privileges for special interests;Seeking a … Continue reading GFC’s 2022 Agenda

Flexing Our Political Muscle In 2022

For decades, public employee unions and crony capitalists faced no resistance when using the CA Legislature to obtain financial and legal privileges at the expense of residents and taxpayers. That started to change in 2011 when we launched GFC. In 2021, we blocked nine bills, including bills to raise taxes and expand collective bargaining rights … Continue reading Flexing Our Political Muscle In 2022

A Medicare Approach For CA Schools

Whenever I use Medicare, the government pays a health provider of my choice even if the provider is not operated by the government. The same goes for Medicaid, which uses public funds to pay for the care of 15 million Californians. Likewise, anyone obtaining premium support through Covered California gets to choose among insurance providers. … Continue reading A Medicare Approach For CA Schools

Assembly and Senate 2022-23 Budget Blueprints

Dear Legislators, We enjoyed reading the Senate Budget Plan and Assembly Budget Blueprint for 2022-23. These items stood out to us: We are pleased the Assembly proposes to “scrutinize prison operations.” With the inmate population below 100,000 yet prison staff positions at 55,000 costing $5.5 billion in salary and billions more in benefits, scrutiny is … Continue reading Assembly and Senate 2022-23 Budget Blueprints

Private Equity Executive Meets Public Reality

When a private equity executive filed papers to run for governor of Illinois in 2013, I wondered if he had done due diligence. That's because Illinois governors can do little without the consent of a majority of legislators whose terms of office, unlike the governor's term of office, are not term-limited. To me, being governor … Continue reading Private Equity Executive Meets Public Reality

SFUSD Ignores Millions In Federal Funds

San Francisco Unified School District spends up to 250% more than the average CA school district on OPEB, which are insurance subsidies for retired employees. That's because SFUSD is one of the few districts to subsidize retirees on Medicare. And because SFUSD doesn't take advantage of generous federal subsidies available under Obamacare for retirees under … Continue reading SFUSD Ignores Millions In Federal Funds