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The Common Sense Proposition Guide (2014)
This plain-language guide explains what you need to know about each Proposition- in under 600 words.
How Stockton Went Bust
Stockton's bankruptcy is back in the news with a federal ruling that cities can reduce pension obligations under bankruptcy. Read the background to Stockton's financial downfall here.
The Top 10 Issues Facing California Week 10: Civic Engagement
In this 10-part report, we present and assess California’s 10 greatest challenges. We selected these challenges due to their unsustainability and the risk they pose to our posterity.
Analyzing California Welfare Overpayments
This report examines CalWORKs' overpayment trends and costs. While individual errors may seem insignificant, taken together, they prove costly to the system and to taxpayers.
5 Things You Must Know About the Budget
On May 13, 2014, California released its revised budget for 2014-15. The budget contains key info on issues ranging from health care to school funding to pension costs. Here's what you must know.
Assessing Retiree Healthcare Costs
The state of California, its counties, cities, school districts, trial courts, and the University of California system together have a total $157.7 billion in retiree healthcare liabilities. Yet, they have set aside only $7.3 billion to offset the liability, leaving $150.4 billion entirely unfunded.


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