Spate of California bills address misuse of taxpayer money

April 28, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento -- Responding to allegations of excessive government salaries and hidden cash accounts in Bell, Montebello and other cities, state lawmakers Wednesday moved a dozen measures aimed at preventing misuse of taxpayer money.

Legislative committees approved proposals to require public disclosure of government officials' pay, give better public notice of pay-setting meetings, make performance evaluations mandatory before big raises can be given, restrict automatic renewal of contracts and boost the state controller's power to investigate cities' finances.