Due to the very serious nature of the state’s fiscal problems and the likelihood that the Legislature will be discussing budget issues on a more accelerated pace this year, we are departing from our traditional approach of publishing our Analysis and our Perspectives & Issues documents. Instead, we will release a series of reports aimed at addressing the 2009-10 budget situation. Most of these publications will relate to specific policy areas: Health, Social Services, Resources, Transportation, Proposition 98 Education Programs, Higher Education, Criminal Justice, and General Government. The final report in the series, The 2009-10 Budget: Perspectives and Issues, will be released on February 18th, 2009.