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Treasurer Unveils Open Data Website Detailing $1.5 Trillion in Government Debt

Treasurer John Chiang has unveiled a new open data website called DebtWatch, providing important details about $1.5 trillion in debt issued by state and local government entities as part of his ongoing efforts to promote transparency in government. The site,, makes it easier for taxpayers to track proposed and issued debt, cost of issuance, and bond and tax election results. Read the news release, a video message from the Treasurer and a tutorial on how to use the site.

Intersections Newsletter: Excitement Grows for Secure Choice

California Treasurer John Chiang is playing a key leadership role in planning to create Secure Choice, the country's largest state retirement security program for millions of workers who could be headed toward spending their golden years in poverty. Read the November edition of his Intersections newsletter. Subscribe to this and other Treasurer’s Office communications.

ScholarShare Enhances Online Experience with New Website

ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, launched a new website with intuitive visual design, personalized performance reporting, and enhanced security to meet the growing needs of its account holders. Read the news release.

Treasurer Chiang’s Affordable Housing Initiative Moves Forward

Thousands of Californians could get greater access to housing they can afford under a new initiative by the State Treasurer’s Office. Two state commissions chaired by California State Treasurer John Chiang have given final approval to regulations that make it easier to tap up to $6.5 billion in previously underutilized, federal government resources. Read the news release, a summary flyer and comments from stakeholders.

Treasurer Completes $961 Million GO Bond Sale, Producing $160 Million in Taxpayer Savings

Treasurer John Chiang has completed the sale of about $961 million in in tax-exempt State of California General Obligation bonds, including $850 million of tax-exempt refunding bonds and $106 million in taxable bonds to provide new project funding. The refunding bonds will save the State’s General Fund approximately $160 million over the remaining life of the bonds. Read the news release.

Treasurer Chiang Helps Sacramento Small Business Expand

State Treasurer John Chiang helped a K Street restaurant expand by facilitating two loans with a combined value of $150,000 through a popular program that encourages banks and other financial institutions to lend to small businesses that would otherwise have difficulty obtaining financing. The loans benefited Downtown & Vine Restaurant, which brings the wine country to Sacramento, offering a restaurant, wine bar and an event center. The eatery is owned by Kate Chomko.

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College Access Tax Credit Fund

Help California’s college students get the funds to stay enrolled in school and earn a substantial tax credit when you do. A portion of the money you contribute to the College Access Tax Credit Fund may go toward increasing the Cal Grant B Access awards. By participating for the 2015 taxable year, you will receive a state tax credit equal to 55 percent of your donation.

To learn more about the College Access Tax Credit Fund and how to apply, please visit College Access Tax Credit Fund.

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