Election Update: Government Reform Measure Gains Critical Support

Two nonpartisan citizen organizations dedicated to reforming and improving state government in California are joining forces in support of the Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA), a ballot measure expected to qualify for the November 2012 ballot. The Think Long Committee for California and the California Forward Action Fund will partner in leading the GPAA campaign effort and provide expertise, organization and financial resources to ensure its success. The Government Performance and Accountability Act would make common-sense improvements to California’s system of budget and governance, bringing state government closer to the people and giving local communities a stronger voice.

The measure, which was filed with the Attorney General by the California Forward Action Fund in November, would do the following:

  • Create a two-year state budget cycle;
  • Require performance reviews of all state agencies;
  • Mandate that all bills be published at least three days prior to a legislative vote;
  • Prohibit the Legislature from creating expenditures of greater than $25 million unless offset by spending cuts or identified funding streams;
  • Require performance goals in state and local government; and,
  • Provide incentives for local governments to work together to streamline government and improve results.

The measure is consistent with the reform, accountability and transparency principles set forth in Think Long’s “Blueprint to Renew California,” a list of bipartisan recommendations for fixing state government and rebooting California’s future, released in November 2011. The measure also would implement recommendations developed by California Forward through a public stakeholder process that identified best practices and successful community-based programs. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

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