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Jerry Brown signed a $183 billion state budget amid uncertain times when the California Government required a balanced state budget. In an article from the Sacramento Bee, Brown stated that the government was making decisive actions in budgeting for funds. He also added that the budget would provide the required funds to pay down debts, repair roads, provide medical care, and fund income taxed credit. Continue reading
Reason for Legalization
The promise of new tax revenue amounting to millions of dollars was the major argument put forward by advocates of recreational marijuana. The California voters were convinced to vote for the legislation because local municipalities and the state would receive more than $1 billion in taxes. Continue reading
On January 1st 2017, the Political Reform Act came into existence as a piece of U.S. legislation and promises to make political campaigning and fund raising far more open and transparent for all to see. Campaign funding has always been a contentious issue for many U.S. citizens with the changes made to campaign funding options through the Political Reform Act including changes to the way campaign funds can be used by elected officials and those candidates convicted of specific crimes.
Coachella Valley government legal counsel must be consulted on a number of cases that involve the local authorities. There are many items that must be brought to a lawyer to ensure that they may find the best deal for their clients, and it is important that the lawyer is given an opportunity to work with the government instead of against it. This article explains how a simple consultation will change a case’s outcome.
The general plan is responsible for the direction of growth in a counties unincorporated areas. This is an update reducing housing capacity by fifteen percent. This is a reflection of a counties commitment to an efficient growth model and respects the existing community and natural resources. Continue reading
California Proposition 64
California Proposition 64 -the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative- was on the California ballot on November 8, 2016. A “yes” vote meant legalized recreational marijuana for adults that are 21 years old or older would be available. State law will control it. Certain sales and cultivation taxes will be in place.
In a democracy, government employees are expected to be civil servants, not civil masters. It is important for government employees, especially elected officials, to avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest. California’s Office of the Attorney General has a 136 page document defining and discussing conflicts of interest, and it admits that even that is incomplete. Continue reading
Transparency in government agencies has long been a tool that aids in deterring and detecting fraud and illegal behavior, as well as boosting the trust of the general public. Further, transparency aids in relations with other governments and countries. Continue reading
In order for governments to minimize the risks associated with contract failures, accountable contracting polices should be put in place. This polices also help in tracking the way contractors provide employees their living wages and benefits. It also leads to better and improved service deliveries by reducing the hidden costs associated with poor wages and benefits for the workers. To achieve responsible contracting, there should be regulations, laws and also administrative policies. Our Coachella valley government law firm can be contacted in case one requires more information on how bidding regulations work. Continue reading