February 14, 2019
Assesses several of the Governor’s budget proposals in the natural resources and environmental protection areas; recommends various changes as well as additional legislative oversight. Provides a complete listing of our recommendations.
February 13, 2019
Describes the Governor's proposed Medi-Cal budget; advises the Legislature to consider renewing the managed care organization tax; presents issues for consideration related to the Governor's proposed expansion of comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage for young adults regardless of immigration status; and provides an initial assessment of the Governor's proposals to use Proposition 56 funding in Medi-Cal to extend and expand provider payment increases.
February 13, 2019
Assesses the architecture of the Governor’s overall Proposition 98 budget and analyzes his specific proposals for K‑12 education.
February 7, 2019
Assesses the Governor's proposals to (1) create a state requirement that most Californians purchase health insurance coverage ("individual mandate") or pay a financial penalty and (2) use the revenues from this penalty to fund additional health insurance subsidies for households purchasing coverage through Covered California.
February 5, 2019
Considers the structure of the Governor’s budget to evaluate how well it prepares the state to address a future budget problem; assesses Governor’s major budget reserve and debt and liability proposals, offering alternatives for legislative consideration.
December 13, 2018
Provides information on what the Census is and how it's conducted; discusses potential effects of an undercount in California.
December 11, 2018
Fulfills the statutory requirement of Public Resources Code 26011.8(g) requiring our office to report on the effectiveness of a sales tax exemption program administered by the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA).
November 26, 2018
Provides information and perspectives for the Legislature to consider as it weighs its choices regarding the taxation of sugary drinks.
October 15, 2018
Evaluates the extent to which one of California’s more notable realignments undertaken in 1991 achieves its intended benefits.
October 8, 2018
Discusses property taxes in California, identifying groups most likely having difficulty paying those taxes; provides advantages and shortcomings of the current Property Tax Postponement Program; provides policy alternatives for legislative consideration.
September 27, 2018
Analyzes the extent to which dental services are available and sufficient for individuals with developmental disabilities; finding that access challenges exist, considers options and makes recommendations for improving access.
August 29, 2018
The Salton Sea is California’s largest inland lake, located in Riverside and Imperial Counties. In this report, we discuss the changing conditions in and around the Sea, their statewide importance, and the Legislature’s role in overseeing projects to reduce potential negative effects on public health and wildlife.
April 5, 2018
Provides background information on California’s forests; highlights shortcomings in the state's management approach and recommends actions the Legislature could take to improve the health of forests and watersheds across the state.
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March 7, 2018
Provides an overview of revenue losses in past recessions; compares the Governor's reserve proposal for 2018-19 to past reserves and other states; presents a framework the Legislature can use to plan for a recession; concludes with alternatives for legislative consideration.