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California Welfare Overpayments Enough To Fund 13,000 Cases Annually

Autumn Carter
Executive Director, California Common Sense

California Common Sense released a brief report called “California Welfare Overpayments: Fraud, Internal Errors, and Limited Investigation.” The report finds $848 million in outstanding CalWORKs overpayments to beneficiaries, half of all identified overpayments recovered, and administrative error costs on the rise. The California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) provides temporary cash assistance, welfare-to-work, and […]

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BART Compensation Levels Remain Higher Than Rest of Transit Sector

Autumn Carter
Executive Director, California Common Sense

California Common Sense (CACS) released a brief report (and accompanying data) analyzing the impact of rising personnel costs on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system’s budget since 1999-00. The report found that though BART’s compensation levels have declined as a portion of its operating budget since 2000, they have remained above those of most […]

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Despite Higher Revenues, Debt and Rising Health Costs Threaten California Services

Autumn Carter
Executive Director, California Common Sense

California Common Sense (CACS) released a brief analyzing how the State’s final budget has changed since 2007-08, the last time the budget was balanced. The state projects that its 2013-14 revenues will be $137 billion, $8.9 billion (7.0%) greater than the revenue it expected in 2007-08. Sill, funding for most services is expected to be lower due […]

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K-12 Funding Formula Would Generate New Per-Pupil Spending Disparities

Autumn Carter
Executive Director, California Common Sense

California Common Sense (CACS) released a brief analyzing Governor Brown’s proposed Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which if enacted, would alter the way California distributes state funding to K-12 school districts and charter schools. The overhaul would largely eliminate “categorical,” earmarked spending for state-mandated programs. The formula would apply more weight to districts with higher […]

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For California Pensions, Math is Already at Work

Autumn Carter
Executive Director, California Common Sense

Last week, in this forum, Lou Paulson argued that the pension debate in California should be more concerned with math and less with politics. I completely agree, which is why I was perplexed after reading his op-ed. Among other things, he argues that California’s state and local governments should not fully fund pension plans for […]

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LAO’s Report Calls for Additional $4.5 Billion Annually to Fund Teachers’ Pensions

Autumn Carter
Executive Director, California Common Sense

As state’s unfunded pension liabilities more than doubled since 2007-08, most state services shrank as portion of budget. Long delayed but necessary increase in pension contributions will further crowd out spending on classrooms and services. The California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a report stating that the California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s (CalSTRS) $73 billion unfunded pension liability “may […]

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Los Angeles City Pension Costs Grew 25% Annually Over Last Decade

Autumn Carter
Executive Director, California Common Sense

California Common Sense (CACS) released a report analyzing the city of Los Angeles’s pension system – the growth of the city’s pension expenses, the causes of the growth, and the challenges the city faces in handling their pension problems. The report comes as Los Angeles faces year-after-year deficits, including a $222 million budget deficit for […]

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