A state review finds that more than 200 state employees were overpaid more than $500,000 by managers who deliberately broke state rules at the troubled California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Audits by State Controller John Chiang’s office reveal that close to $50 million in state redevelopment funds were appear to have been misspent by Hercules city officials between 2005 and 2010.
California’s state controller is reviewing whether a deal allowing the Oakland A’s to purchase land owned by San Jose’s dissolved redevelopment agency for a new ballpark flouts a new state law.
San Jose city officials have accused Santa Clara County of defying a state order to pay millions of dollars in property tax revenue that state officials ruled has been improperly withheld.
State Controller John Chiang said in a pair of audits released on Thursday that Hercules has the worst set of accounting records he has ever seen and may have to pay back $2 million in federal and state grants because of poor documentation.
A judge has affirmed an earlier ruling that the state controller does not have authority to withhold lawmakers’ pay when the Legislature fails to pass a balanced budget on time.
State Controller John Chiang sent a letter to lawmakers, telling that immediate action needs to be taken or California will run out of cash by early March.
he Legislature’s Democratic leaders have filed a lawsuit against the state controller for blocking lawmakers’ pay last year after deciding they had failed to meet their constitutional deadline for passing a balanced budget.
Just a week after Gov. Jerry Brown made his pitch for tax hikes and more spending cuts, the state controller is reporting that California is collecting less revenue than the governor projected.
California tax revenue fell nearly $539 million below projections last month, pushing the state closer to automatic, mid-year budget cuts to schools, universities and social services.