Posts Tagged ‘John Chiang’

Good news for state: Programmers found for antiquated computers

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

One of the strangest stories out of Sacramento in recent years has to do with state Controller John Chiang's repeated warnings that it would be difficult to implement furloughs of state workers because of the antiquated computer system used to process the state's payroll. This is from a fr...

Controller Chiang’s payroll website earning praise for openness, transparency

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Federal officials continue to reshuffle the management of, with Kurt DelBene, a former president of the Microsoft Office Division, tapped as the new point person for the troubled Obamacare website. If DelBene fails to deliver, President Obama should call California State Con...

State finances: LAO’s own report on CalSTRS demolishes LAO’s happy talk

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I'm still struggling to make sense of Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor's bizarrely upbeat report last month on state finances that predicted budget surpluses for years to come -- but barely mentioned the state's huge unfunded liabilities for retiree pensions and health care. Instead of calling for ...

Friday hearing: Will judge ‘have the [guts]’ to shut down bullet train?

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

On Aug. 16, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny handed down a landmark ruling against the $68 billion California bullet-train project. Kenny held that the state High-Speed Rail Authority's plan to begin construction in the Central Valley in coming months broke two key taxpayer protections ...

State bullet-train contracts appear to violate federal grant conditions

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny's Aug. 16 ruling concluded that the California High-Speed Rail Authority would break state law if it proceeded with construction of a small first portion of the state's bullet-train project without having full funding in place and completed environmental...

State can offload retiree health costs on Obamacare

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

June 8, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the best reasons to snort with derision over Gov. Jerry Brown's claim to have whipped the state budget into shape is his decision to simply ignore the crisis posed by cost of unfunded health benefits for state retirees. This is from state Controller John Chiang in...

Yet another computer fiasco in home of Silicon Valley

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Feb. 9, 2013 By Chris Reed Friday's news that state Controller John Chiang had fired the second contractor hired to upgrade the state government's computer payroll system for incompetence and poor work -- a few years after the first contractor was fired for the same reason -- is an amazing comment...

FTB tax grab an acid test for ‘business-friendly’ Jerry Brown

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Jan. 26, 2013 By Chris Reed There's finally some mainstream media coverage of the astounding decision of the Franchise Tax Board to rewrite a tax break and go after profits accumulated by some business owners that date back to 2008. The U-T San Diego story by Chris Cadelago only makes the money gr...

Tax board attack on business: Do governor’s appointees just tune him out?

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Commentary Jan. 18, 2013 By Chris Reed That California is extraordinarily hostile to business is accepted as a given by just about everyone who is an executive, manager or small-business owner in the state.  But Democrats and some in the media routinely challenge this assumption, and some genuin...

Two Critical Budget Dates Approaching

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Jan. 17, 2013 By John Seiler On PBS NewsHour yesterday evening, Gov. Jerry Brown enthused about his new budget: "The budget is fixed. I inherited a $27 billion deficit. That's what it was two years ago. "And that's gone. This budget will be balanced. Now, is the world absolutely safe from any cont...