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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
The check is in the mail, says state Controller John Chiang. He began Friday resuming payment of state income tax refunds and other obligations that had been frozen last month when California ran out of cash. Chiang said the tax refund checks, cash grants for needy families and the elderly, blind and disabled, and grants for college students can be resumed now that the new state budget is replenishing state coffers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
State Controller John Chiang has asked every public school district in the state to provide salary and benefit information for all employees and elected officials so that it can be posted on the Web and shared with the public. Chiang has said that making the salary information easy to access on a state Web page is another step toward government transparency in the wake of the 2010 salary scandal in Bell. The controller mailed a letter Monday to 58 county offices of education, 949 school districts and 992 charter schools, requesting the information in no later than 90 days.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
A California tax authority announced Tuesday that it would accept state-issued IOUs as payment from those who owe personal or corporate state taxes. Taxpayers must sign the back of their IOUs and write, "Pay to the order of the Franchise Tax Board." The promissory note can then be mailed in with the tax bill, the board said. The state began issuing the IOUs instead of checks to pay some of its bills July 2. State Controller John Chiang has said he would be forced to issue $3.2 billion in paper promises this month if state officials don't reach an accord on the budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - San Bernardino, Stockton and Mammoth Lakes all screwed up and became bankrupt. But the rest of us shouldn't get sanctimonious. For starters, the federal government under President George W. Bush really screwed up by fighting two long wars while cutting taxes. That sort of fiscal management is guaranteed to run up a huge national debt. The state government in Sacramento - under Democratic and Republican governors - cut taxes and increased spending. Same outcome: a colossal deficit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
State Controller John Chiang was undergoing tests at a Texas hospital Monday after experiencing chest pains while visiting family for the holidays. Spokeswoman Hallye Jordan said Chiang checked himself into Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth on Friday and was resting comfortably. She said she did not know whether the 46-year-old controller had any past medical problems. Chiang, a Democrat, serves as California's chief fiscal watchdog and has said the state will run out of money in February unless the governor and lawmakers act. Earlier this year, he challenged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to reduce state workers' pay to the federal minimum wage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign an executive order Thursday intended to cut the salaries of about 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum wage until a budget is approved, according to administration officials. A draft of the plan obtained by reporters last week showed it would reduce the pay of most state workers to $6.55 an hour and lay off nearly 22,000 part-time and seasonal employees. The first reduced payments would be made at the end of August. Aaron McLear, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger, said the governor's impending order, news of which has spawned numerous protests by workers and their advocates, would ensure that the state had enough cash in its accounts until a budget was passed, at which time workers would receive their full back pay. The state's fiscal year began July 1. State Controller John Chiang said in an interview Monday that he would not implement such an order because it would hurt workers while exposing the state to legal liability and monetary damages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2008 | Associated Press
State Controller John Chiang remained in a Texas hospital Tuesday after experiencing chest pains while visiting family for the holidays last week. Chiang was expected to remain under observation at Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest in Fort Worth for a few more days, said his spokeswoman, Hallye Jordan. The 46-year-old controller checked himself into the hospital on Friday with chest pains. Jordan said that the hospital is running tests but that she was not aware of a diagnosis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Money continues coming into California's coffers well below what Gov. Jerry Brown forecast in his proposed budget. State Controller John Chiang issued a report Friday showing that tax receipts in January were $528 million lower than the governor projected in the budget he released a few weeks ago. That document already assumed a $9-billion deficit. "January's revenues were disappointing on almost every front," Chiang said in a statement. But Chiang said the state is no longer in danger of running out of cash next month, as he had previously warned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State Controller John Chiang did not have the authority to dock legislators' pay last summer after concluding that the budget they passed was not balanced, according to a tentative court ruling Tuesday. The Legislature meets its obligation to pass a budget when it sends the governor a bill that, "on its face," proposes spending that does not exceed revenue, wrote Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David I. Brown. He will consider finalizing the ruling at a hearing Wednesday.
OPINION
August 7, 2008
Re "Gov. lays off 10,000 workers," Aug. 1 State Controller John Chiang is a real hero for standing up to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and refusing to cut the pay of state employees to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour. If we pay our state workers $6.55 an hour for a 40-hour week, that comes out to $262 a week or $1,048 a month. With gas and food prices going through the roof, how can we expect them to get by on that, even for a short time? Do you think your family could live on $262 a week?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State Controller John Chiang on Monday appealed a recent court decision that said he lacked authority to dock legislators' pay last year after he determined the budget they passed was not balanced. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David I. Brown ruled May 8 that the Legislature met its obligation to continue being paid when it sent the governor a bill that, "on its face," proposed spending that did not exceed revenue. California voters passed a law in 2010 allowing the Legislature to approve state budgets on a simple majority instead of a two-thirds vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State Controller John Chiang did not have the authority to dock legislators' pay last summer after concluding that the budget they passed was not balanced, according to a tentative court ruling Tuesday. The Legislature meets its obligation to pass a budget when it sends the governor a bill that, "on its face," proposes spending that does not exceed revenue, wrote Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David I. Brown. He will consider finalizing the ruling at a hearing Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Money continues coming into California's coffers well below what Gov. Jerry Brown forecast in his proposed budget. State Controller John Chiang issued a report Friday showing that tax receipts in January were $528 million lower than the governor projected in the budget he released a few weeks ago. That document already assumed a $9-billion deficit. "January's revenues were disappointing on almost every front," Chiang said in a statement. But Chiang said the state is no longer in danger of running out of cash next month, as he had previously warned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Sam Allen and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
An engineering firm at the center of a federal bribery investigation awarded about $2 million in contracts to itself under an arrangement with the city of Montebello that state auditors found to be improper. Montebello hired AAE to serve as its city engineer, with the power to pick outside firms to do various engineering jobs for the city. But state Controller John Chiang's office found in an audit released Tuesday that AAE awarded all the work to itself and then approved its own invoices and oversaw its own compliance, which Chiang called "a potential conflict of interest.
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August 19, 2011 | By Gale Holland and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
State auditors have urged the Los Angeles Community College District to seek a criminal investigation into allegations that the selection of an inspector general to police the district's troubled construction program was rigged. Jeffrey Brownfield, chief auditor for state Controller John Chiang, told the district's Board of Trustees that an independent probe was needed to determine how the district allegedly violated its own bidding rules in choosing someone with no experience in audits or investigations over higher-rated applicants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2011 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Cutting off legislators' pay because they passed a cruddy budget may be good populist politics, but it's lousy public policy. It may not even be good politics in the long term. State Controller John Chiang's conclusion that the gimmicky budget passed by the Legislature and vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown didn't merit legislative paychecks heaped pressure on the lawmakers to quickly pass an honest spending plan. Absent a sudden Republican epiphany on taxes, that almost certainly will result in more sharp cuts to public schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filed a lawsuit Monday against state Controller John Chiang, aiming to force the unpaid furlough of 15,600 more state workers two days a month. The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, seeks an injunction forcing the state controller to furlough employees of statewide elected officials such as the attorney general, the treasurer and Chiang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State Controller John Chiang on Monday appealed a recent court decision that said he lacked authority to dock legislators' pay last year after he determined the budget they passed was not balanced. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge David I. Brown ruled May 8 that the Legislature met its obligation to continue being paid when it sent the governor a bill that, "on its face," proposed spending that did not exceed revenue. California voters passed a law in 2010 allowing the Legislature to approve state budgets on a simple majority instead of a two-thirds vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2011 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- State Controller John Chiang has decided to deny California lawmakers their pay for failing to produce a truly balanced spending plan, infuriating legislative leaders but pumping new life into budget negotiations just 10 days before the start of the new fiscal year. Indignant Democratic lawmakers, having passed a budget on the June 15 deadline without input from Republicans or Gov. Jerry Brown, said the controller, who issues state paychecks, was engaged in an illegal power grab.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
California officials, setting their sights on life insurance companies, want to know whether executives are boosting profits by delaying or failing to pay death benefits quickly enough to heirs or to search aggressively for the beneficiaries. Unpaid life insurance benefits nationwide exceed $1 billion, according to the National Assn. of Insurance Commissioners. It's not known how much of that involves California policies. "I am concerned that the insurance industry is not holding up its end of the sacred bargain it stuck with its clients when it issued life insurance policies in the first place," state Controller John Chiang said at a hearing Monday.
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