UC Strikers Don’t See Full Budget Picture

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

I get the impression the University of California workers who went on strike May 7 don’t know the half of the financial problems of which the UC system suffers. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 20,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees “walked off their jobs,” including “custodians, gardeners, cooks, truck drivers, lab technicians and nurse […]

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Ranking California’s 482 Cities for Financial Soundness

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

Which California cities are in financial distress and which are sound? I am releasing the first edition of my new report, “Senator John Moorlach Ranks California’s 482 Cities for Financial Soundness.” The report examines the audited finances of the state’s 482 cities. Specifically, it looks at each city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and the per-capita […]

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Setting the Record Straight on CalPERS and SB 400

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

As California continues to grapple with pension reform, it’s important to keep the record straight on how the state got into this mess. A major reason was the pension spiking of nearly 20 years ago, specifically Senate Bill 400 of 1999, by state Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento, which retroactively increased pensions 50 percent for California Highway Patrol […]

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How Not to Solve a Housing Crisis

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

Sacramento just doesn’t get it.  A housing crisis is not solved with new fees, bonds, and local government process overrides. For Senate Bill 3 (and 5), I provided the following abbreviated concerns on the Senate Floor: 1 — Let’s review the housing market over the last eleven years.  In Orange County, the median price for […]

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AB 1250 Would Make the Poor More Miserable

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

As we have seen again in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harveyand Irma, Americans are the world’s most charitable people. From food banks and religious groups, to the Red Cross andHabitat for Humanity, our people help out those most in need. I also can speak from experience as a county treasurer and supervisor that nonprofits provide crucial services to the poorestand least among […]

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The Desensitization Of Debt – An Accountant’s Analysis Of Propositions 51 & 53

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

In the 2016 June Primary, 81 percent of local tax and bond measures were passed by the California electorate. That, of course, would seem to make a pretty significant statement about the mood of these voters have in regards to incurring future debt and establishing additional local taxes. This November, they will have two chances […]

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It’s Time to Shift Road Funding to Counties

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

Last week, yet another high-profile scandal involving mismanagement rocked the California Department of Transportation – Caldrons, and yesterday I  introduced Senate Bill 1141, which would launch a pilot program shifting road funds and maintenance duties from Caltrans to county governments. Caltrans is one of the worst managed, most inefficient government agencies in the nation.  Just look […]

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Doing the GASB Gasp

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

County deficits balloon by BILLIONS after accounting for unfunded pension liabilities 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). Last week, we reported that Los Angeles County’s debt increased by over $8 billion when […]

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Pensions Drowning California And Its Cities

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

Get ready California. Without very much fanfare, the proverbial one-ton Government Accounting Standards Board gorilla has entered the room. As the result of years of discussions over how best to account for the growing unfunded liabilities owed by government pensions systems, municipalities for the first time ever must include the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of […]

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Tackling the Homeless Issue

Senator John Moorlach
California State Senate, 37th District

As the initial Chair of the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness, I have a concern about this critical topic.  Remember, I was sworn into the California State Senate last March at the Orange County Rescue Mission. As the Chair of the Orange County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee for most of my eight years as […]

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