County agencies contend with red ink in first months of fiscal year

Riverside County’s chief financial officer told the board of supervisors that “fiscal discipline” is a must to avoid deeper deficit spending and eating up reserves, even though multiple agencies are already struggling with budgetary challenges in the first half of the current fiscal year. “We are on an unsustainable trajectory,” CFO Don Kent said during […]

Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget gets mixed reviews from lawmakers

RIVERSIDE – Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, released last week seeks to increase spending on various programs over what was proposed earlier this year, but several Inland Empire lawmakers said the appropriations will only feed bureaucratic pursuits, while others were more optimistic. The governor’ s May Revise boosts appropriations by […]

Assemblywoman Melendez responds to Governor Brown’s 2017-18 budget proposal

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, (R – Lake Elsinore), released the following statement in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2017-18 state budget. “I commend the governor for not increasing spending in his proposal,” Melendez said. “However, it is unacceptable that he does not prioritize investing in our roads and paying down our wall […]

Board OKs more funding for firm to implement changes

RIVERSIDE – Despite concerns about when there might be a return on investment, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved spending an additional $1.99 million for a professional services firm that’s under contract to find ways of improving the way agencies do business while lowering costs throughout Riverside County government during its Dec. 13 meeting. […]

How to tackle your grocery bill

How to tackle your grocery bill

Nathaniel Sillin Special to Valley News Food shopping can quickly take over your budget despite your best intentions. Perhaps it’s due to impulse purchases, unplanned shopping trips, food going bad or a combination of all three. If you’re looking for ways to save money while enjoying nutritious and delicious meals, consider these money-saving tactics. Stick […]

Governor’s budget proposal gets modest reviews

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County lawmakers offered a tepid response to the $122.6 billion budget blueprint released by Gov. Jerry Brown, lauding his desire to restrain spending but questioning some of his other goals. “I am pleased the governor continues to demonstrate moderate fiscal restraint in his 2016-17 spending plan,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), […]