The Top 10 Issues Facing California Week 7: Crime and Corrections
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 future Golden State generations.
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.
The Teacher Pension Problem
In October 2013 , the California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s (CalSTRS) $71 billion funding shortfall received almost no attention in Sacramento. In the midst of the silence, we broke down the system's financials and revealed their impact on taxpayers and students, alike.
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