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The California Legislature Transparency Act

California imposes strict laws governing transparency and accountability for agencies, counties, cities, and schools. However, it has exempted itself from many of these laws. This has reduced the ability for the press and the public to engage the legislature. As a result the balance of power has moved decidedly in the favor of powerful well-connected special interests with their armies of lobbyists who walk the halls ...more »

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Participatory budgeting with voting with the tax you paid

The amount of tax you paid to the State of California is recorded on Participatory Budget System of the State of California. You log in with the your Social Security Number in the System. The amount of tax you paid to the system will be displaid. You can divide the tax you paid and vote whatever project/whatever sector of budget of State of California. E.g. You can pay the Governor or Legislator with the tax you paid ...more »

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Increase Legislative Transparency in California

Politicians know that information is power, so they often prefer to limit public scrutiny in order to achieve more favorable outcomes for themselves and the special interest groups that support them. The California Legislature Transparency Act, which may be on the ballot this fall, counters the strong incentives facing elected officials to conceal legislative proceedings by requiring that the public have more access ...more »

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Digital Democracy:

Every year under the dome of California's state capital, 120 full-time lawmakers along with more than 2,000 full-time staff and 130 committees gather to craft policies affecting the state's 38 million residents and the world’s 8th largest economy. These lawmakers introduce an average of 5,000 bills each legislative session, creating a booming industry for the state's 1,100 registered lobbyists. But given the size of ...more »

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transparency and accountability in lawmaking

Have the legislature work (meet and consider legislation) year-round, not just 8 months a year. Space legislative deadlines farther apart so committees have time to thoughtfully and publicly consider each bill. Eliminate bill limits so that every-day citizens, not just powerful lobbys, have a chance of convincing a legislator to introduce a bill that actually solves a problem. Require a roll call vote on every bill in ...more »

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Increase financial transparency through the OpenGov platform

Transforming raw financial data into meaningful insights for taxpayers can be a daily challenge for California governments. Many local governments run on legacy systems that make it difficult for the public to see how money is spent. Likewise, elected officials and staff also struggle to access, analyze and share their own data with the limited tools that are at their disposal. For example, the budget book — a government’s ...more »

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Create a $2M fund for transparency for California State Agencies

Based on OpenGov’s success working with over a third of California cities and counties (in part from the successful 2015 IYS challenge grant), we propose that FixCA 2016 launch a $2 million fund to help California State Agencies adopt Transparency, Budget Intelligence, and Open-Source Open Data solutions to improve accountability, efficiency, and competition statewide. California spends more than any other state government: ...more »

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CA Results: Performance Dashboard by Every Local Government

The number one job for every government is to be communicate accurately and clearly with its stakeholders. This has become hard, despite initiatives like open data. Most government information is stuck in legacy systems, making it difficult for non-technical people to engage with the data. Elected officials and government staff are not able to push for data-driven policies. Public is not able to easily find out how the ...more »

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