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California Forward Action Fund

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What is the California Forward Action Fund?

The California Forward Action Fund strives to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating a more responsive, transparent, accountable and cost-effective government at the state and local levels. The Action Fund is the advocacy “sister” organization of California Forward. 

What is the Action Fund’s Role in Recent California Reforms?

Since 2007, the California Forward Action Fund has worked to enact reforms that would fundamentally improve how public dollars are spent and give Californians better tools to hold elected leaders accountable. The Action Fund supported passage of Proposition 11 in 2008 and Proposition 20 in 2010, making state government more open and responsive through the formation of the California Citizens’ Redistricting Commission, as well as Proposition 14, the "Top Two" primary reform, also approved by voters in 2010.

In 2011, the Action Fund advocated for SB 14, which would have mandated performance-based state budgeting. SB 14 passed unanimously through the California Legislature before being vetoed by Governor Brown.

The Action Fund sponsored Proposition 31, the Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA), a statewide ballot measure in November 2012. More than 3.3 million Californians voted to reform the culture of governance in California by requiring performance-based budgeting, legislative transparency and oversight, pay-as-you-go, multi-year budget planning with greater accountability, and community-driven problem solving.  While Proposition 31 did not pass, the Action Fund will continue to pursue the question: “How do we fix this state?”

In 2014, the Action Fund worked with partners on the campaign for the passage of Proposition 2, the successful rainy day fund ballot initiative, which provides a mechanism for managing volatile revenue and saving money to maintain essential services during economic recessions.

In 2016, the California Forward Action Fund supported Proposition 50, a constitutional amendment that appeared on the June 2016 ballot in California. It was placed on the ballot with overwhelming support from the Legislature. The author of the proposal, former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, asked the California Forward Action Fund to provide information on the measure to voters. Proposition 50 was passed overwhelmingly by voters on June 7, 2016. Proposition 50 will allow the Senate or Assembly to suspend a member without pay – an important response when lawmakers are accused but not yet found guilty of violating the law and breaching the public trust.

Approved by more than 64 percent of voters in the November 2016 election, Proposition 54 require the Legislature to distribute and post online legislation in its final form for at least 72 hours before a final floor vote by either house, and to post online a video recording of every legislative meeting that is supposed to be open to the public, and to allow all individuals to create and share their own recordings of legislative proceedings.

The California Forward Action Fund is tax-exempt under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the California Forward Action Fund are not deductible as charitable contributions.