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  • California ends fiscal year with extra cash for first time since 2007

    California ends fiscal year with extra cash for first time since 2007
    California marked another financial milestone last month, ending the fiscal year with leftover cash for the first time since 2007, according to a new report from the state controller.
  • States intervene in city fiscal crises

    WASHINGTON When Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed an overhaul of two pension systems for Chicago city workers last month, he inserted the state into the city's budget business and set off a political firestorm that will heat up this fall's elections. Quinn,...

    Ashley Swearengin for state controller

     Ashley Swearengin for state controller
    What, you may wonder, does the state controller do? Among other things, he or she serves as the state's fiscal watchdog, keeps track of the checkbook, helps administer the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers'...

    Confident Brown can have it his way in state budget process

    Gov. Jerry Brown definitely rules the roost in California's Capitol. And on Tuesday he was strutting and crowing and thoroughly enjoying himself. Unlike previous governors—including his dad Pat Brown a half century ago—Jerry seldom holds...

    California seeks to return Purple Hearts, other property to veterans

    California seeks to return Purple Hearts, other property to veterans
    Purple Hearts, Bronze Stars and personal belongings from the battlefield are among a trove of unclaimed property the state will try to return to more than 95,000 California veterans or their families under a new effort launched by the state controller's...