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Ashley Swearengin for state controller
Ashley Swearengin for state controller

Californians have been breathing a bit easier in recent months as the state government's finances have turned — slowly, like an ocean freighter — from disaster to solvency. But the work is hardly done, and diligence is called for to ensure the budget doesn't drift off course. The budget, of course, is a political document hashed out between the governor and the Legislature. But the state controller plays a significant role as a watchdog, the chief administrator of a large squad of people who check the books and make sure the bills are paid while helping taxpayers obtain as clear a picture as possible of the government's financial health. It is because of her...

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