May 5, 2017
Describes the recent changes to assumptions used to estimate CalSTRS's unfunded liabilities, including the key assumption about future investment returns--sometimes called the "discount rate.” Explains how these changes will affect the state, school and community college districts, and teachers.
March 30, 2017
Assesses the effects of recent changes in state funding rates on California Community Colleges (CCC) noncredit courses, and recommends that the Legislature explore four key issues that could improve significantly the effectiveness of noncredit and adult education in California over the coming years.
March 30, 2017
Discusses changes to the landscape of elections administration in California; lays out a framework for considering the roles and responsibilities in elections; outlines options the Legislature could consider to provide financial support to counties for elections administration to ensure secure, timely, and uniform elections.
Update 5/3/17: Four short videos help explain elections in California and SB 450.
March 22, 2017
Provides basic information about floods and flood management in California and highlights some key challenges confronting the state in contemplating how best to manage floods.
March 16, 2017
Analyzes the Governor’s child care and preschool proposals, including in‑depth analyses of (1) the state’s various quality improvement activities and (2) Alternative Payment agencies, which administer certain child care programs.
March 13, 2017
Examines the Savings Plus Program (the state's optional retirement savings plan for state employees) and discusses our findings and options the Legislature can consider to improve employee participation.
March 9, 2017
Provides an analysis of the administration's caseload projections, including a discussion of the projected increases in ACA optional expansion caseload; assesses several major factors affecting projected changes in Medi‑Cal spending in 2017‑18 and other policy changes proposed by the administration.
March 8, 2017
Reviews the available evidence to gauge whether general plan housing elements achieve their objective of ensuring that local communities accommodate needed home building.
March 3, 2017
Provides a general overview of California's criminal fine and fee system and discusses the Governor’s fine and fee proposals. Assesses the impact that each proposal would have on the system and makes recommendations for legislative consideration.
March 2, 2017
Provides background on the Gann Limit, including a discussion of its history and an explanation of the complex calculations required by Proposition 4. Describes the Governor’s Gann Limit proposal, assesses the proposal, and makes recommendations.
February 27, 2017
Provides (1) background on the health care and Long‑Term Services and Supports (LTSS) issues that the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) was intended to address, (2) an update on the CCI’s results and challenges to date, (3) an assessment of the Governor’s elimination of the CCI and budget proposal to extend certain CCI components, and (4) options for the Legislature on how to move forward. As ending In‑Home Supportive Services (IHSS) has major, and rather complex, implications for 1991 realignment, this report includes a technical appendix providing in‑depth analysis of these implications.
February 24, 2017
Assesses the Governor’s budget proposals for Department of Developmental Services (DDS); also describes general shifts in both policy and practice in the field of developmental services, detailing relevant state and federal policies and issues for the Legislature to consider.
February 17, 2017
Provides background information on the state’s major transportation programs and funding sources, describes the Governor’s proposed 2017‑18 transportation package including how the increased funding would be allocated, and provides a road map to assist the Legislature in making certain key decisions it will face in developing a transportation package.
February 17, 2017
Summarizes the major impacts that the ACA has had in California, explores what the ACA’s repeal could mean for the state, and assesses a collection of policy alternatives to the ACA that the new federal administration and Congress are currently considering.
February 17, 2017
Describes the new project approval process; discusses the potential benefits, trade‑offs, and implications of the new process; and identifies the key legislative decision points within the new approval process as well as issues for legislative consideration.
February 15, 2017
Assesses many of the Governor’s budget proposals in the resources and environmental protection areas and recommends various changes, with a summary list of recommendations.
February 14, 2017
Provides background information on the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), Proposition 64, and the funding provided in 2016‑17 to begin implementation of MCRSA; summarizes the Governor’s 2017‑18 budget proposals for four regulatory agencies with responsibility over cannabis; finally, assesses the Governor’s proposals and provides recommendations to the Legislature.
February 13, 2017
Provides background on California’s GHG policies and the role of cap‑and‑trade; also provides comments and recommendations related to three critical questions:
February 9, 2017
An analysis of the Governor’s overall 2017-18 Proposition 98 budget package as well as his specific spending proposals for K‑12 education, including a summary of our recommendations.
February 6, 2017
Provides background on COEs’ governance and mission; discusses COE funding, including an analysis of how COEs are using their LCFF funds; assesses COEs’ roles in the LCFF era; and makes recommendations for re‑envisioning COEs moving forward.
February 3, 2017
We provide a brief description of California's regulatory process, the potential value of regulatory analysis, and the recent changes made by SB 617. Although there have been some improvements in recent years, we identify some significant limitations that still remain and provide recommendations that are aimed at addressing them.
January 31, 2017
Provides background information on higher education costs and financial aid in California, and examines various features of a potential new debt free college program.
January 19, 2017
Chapter 22 of 2015 (SB 81, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) requires our office to assess whether the state should construct new University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) campuses, taking a statewide perspective for UC and a regional perspective for CSU. In making our assessment, the legislation requires our office to consider a variety factors, including enrollment demand and capacity.
January 18, 2017
Approved by the voters in 1988, Proposition 98 established certain formulas for calculating a minimum annual funding level for K-14 education. The state commonly refers to this level as the minimum guarantee. This report reviews the state's more-than-quarter-century experience with Proposition 98.
January 17, 2017
Describes the demographics of California’s veterans and provides a high-level overview of veterans services provided in the state’s veterans homes and services provided in the community; reviews and provides findings regarding the federally and state-funded services available to veterans related to long-term care, transitional housing, mental and behavioral health, and employment assistance; finally, highlights issues for legislative consideration and offers options to improve service delivery within the veterans homes.
January 12, 2017
Provides an overview of California’s state park system; discusses findings related to how state parks set and collect fees from park users, including some of the inherent policy trade-offs with different choices; and offers recommendations aimed at improving consistency, transparency, and oversight of state park user fees.
January 5, 2017
Provides background on nursing education programs; describes CSU’s two pilot Doctor of Nursing Practice programs; presents our findings on program implementation; and then assesses the program and makes a recommendation regarding its extension.
January 4, 2017
In this report, we analyze intergenerational income mobility in California—the extent to which children attain higher (or lower) incomes than their parents. We find that California children have somewhat higher rates of income mobility than their peers in other states. The report’s findings suggest this is the result of their parents’ and their own characteristics, not because growing up in California results in more mobility.
Three short videos highlight some of the concepts and findings in the report.