Good Governance Seal of Approval

February 4, 2012 by
Filed under: Community Engagement 

While there are many initiatives floating around to support education funding, the need to create a better governance structures is in order. California Foward is circulating an initiative, The Government Performance and Accountability Act. The Government Performance and Accountability Act would chip away at restructuring the governance process in California based a Smart Government Framework. There are three basic steps:

  1. Provides a stable and results-oriented state budget process
  2. Ensures that local governments are accountable for results
  3. Encourages cooperation among local governments

The Government Performance and Accountability Act

The major proposed changes in the governance process include:

  • a new multi-year approach to the state budget
  • a mandate for performance assessments of state operations
  • rules requiring that any tax cuts or new programs also include a way to finance those changes
  • creation of ‘Community Strategic Action Plans’ starting in 2014
  • modifies the general legislative process in Sacramento. Bills would have to be in print for at least three days
  • there would be a tighter calendar for bill action in year 2 of a legislative session, with the extra time used for legislative review of programs
  • the governor would have new, unilateral powers to cut spending if the Legislature fails to act after the declaration of a fiscal emergency

While the gathering the 800,000 plus signatures to even qualify this initiative may prove fatal, the intent behind the initiative is definitely a step in the right direction. There is some hope that the intiative will qualify as billionaire Nicolas Berggruen has indicated her will support the initiative with his own money.


 

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2 Comments on Good Governance Seal of Approval

  1. marian on Fri, 10th Feb 2012 12:53 pm
  2. Mike McMahon, could you please not schedule any more of your teaching workshops at Mastick SeniorCenter in the Computer Room during lab hours? Especially not on a Friday AM before a 3-day weekend. We can’t use the computers when youre in there! Both the Libe & Mastick being closed the following Monday, we seniors go more days w/o checking our email. Thank you.

  3. MIke McMahon on Fri, 10th Feb 2012 2:45 pm
  4. I will let the Recreations and Parks staff know as I am not responsible for the scheduling of the classes.

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