February 5, 2016
Despite welcome storms early this winter, statewide drought conditions appear far from over. This report (1) describes the current drought and its impacts across the state, (2) summarizes the state's drought response appropriations and activities thus far, (3) assesses the Governor's drought-related budget proposals for 2016-17, and (4) recommends steps the Legislature can take to address drought both in the coming year and the future.
February 2, 2016
This series of online posts examines how CalSTRS is implementing recent legislation that aims to fully fund teacher pensions over the next 30 years. In our review, we explain how CalSTRS is implementing the funding plan, including how an abstract calculation has changed how responsibility for CalSTRS' unfunded liabilities is shared between the state and districts.
January 27, 2016
The District of Choice program is one of several statutory options allowing a K-12 student to transfer from one school district to another school district. The program will sunset on July 1, 2017, unless the Legislature decides to reauthorize it. This report, prepared at the request of the Legislature, assesses the program and offers our recommendations regarding reauthorization.
January 21, 2016
Describes and assesses the relationship—from both a legal and policy perspective—between the cap–and–trade regulation and the auction revenues that are generated as a result of the program.
January 5, 2016
Provides background information on California’s criminal fine and fee system, identifies problems with the existing system, and makes recommendations for improvement.
June 22, 2015
Summarizes available data and highlights emerging issues with respect to recent changes to the program.PDF | HTML
April 29, 2015
Provides several recommendations to help make the program financially sustainable while maintaining or improving recycling and litter reduction.PDF | HTML
April 16, 2015
Recommends the state collect better performance data for alternative schools to set performance expectations, monitor progress, and support underperforming schools.PDF | HTML
April 7, 2015
A preview of possible budgetary outcomes that the state's elected leaders may face while finalizing the 2015-16 budget package.PDF | HTML | Video
March 27, 2015
Provides background on the administration's plan to centralize project management; makes recommendations on how the Legislature should proceed with implementing a centralized Project Management Office in California.PDF | HTML
March 25, 2015
Analyzes the administration's Proposition 2 proposal outlined in the 2015-16 Governor's Budget.PDF | HTML
March 19, 2015
Provides recommendations to reduce the deferred maintenance backlog and to address the ongoing contributors to the backlog.PDF | HTML
March 18, 2015
Reviews the state's existing programs, identifies challenges in the current structure and delivery of these programs, and makes recommendations to address these challenges.PDF | HTML
March 17, 2015
Provides an overview of the stateâ€™s complex and expensive housing markets.PDF | HTML | Video | Infographic
March 16, 2015
Provides an overview of state retiree health benefits and assesses the Governor's proposed changes.PDF | HTML | Video
February 20, 2015
An analysis of the Governor's $15 billion budget proposals for state criminal justice departments and programs.PDF | HTML