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.
February 27, 2018
Assesses many of the Governor’s budget proposals in the judicial and criminal justice area and recommends various changes; provides a complete listing of recommendations at the end of the report.
February 16, 2018
Provides a broad overview of the Governor's health and human services budget, highlighting major year-over-year changes, then provides a more in-depth analysis of select programmatic areas.
February 15, 2018
Analyzes the Governor’s 2018-19 higher education budget proposals.
For additional analyses of the Governor's 2018-19 higher education budget proposals, read our companion briefs on adult education, Hastings College of the Law, and the California Education Learning Lab.
February 14, 2018
Assesses many of the Governor’s 2018-19 budget proposals in the resources and environmental protection areas and recommends various changes.
February 9, 2018
Recommends steps for the Legislature to improve outcome measurements for corpsmembers and improve the overall performance of the department.
February 8, 2018
Assesses the Governor's major 2018-19 transportation budget proposals for various departments and programs.
February 7, 2018
Analyzes the Governor’s overall Proposition 98 budget package as well as his specific spending proposals for K‑12 education and early education.
January 31, 2018
Provides brief background information about Developmental Center (DC) closures and the Department of Developmental Services budget, discusses potential savings in terms of net operational savings and increased revenues from the sale or repurposing of DC properties, and addresses other practical implications and trade‑offs of the proposal.
January 8, 2018
As directed by the Supplemental Report of the 2017-18 Budget Act, describes the potential effects of ending California's SSI cash‑out and discusses issues that merit legislative consideration.
January 8, 2018
Describes the State Archives' current capacity and discusses alternatives to address limited space; recommends the Legislature determine a course of action and then direct the administration to report on the costs and benefits of potential options for the selected alternative.
January 4, 2018
Provides background on California’s early intervention system, assesses the system, and concludes by recommending several ways to improve the system.
December 19, 2017
Pursuant to Chapter 747 of 2014 (SB 850, Block), provides an interim evaluation of the California Community Colleges bachelor's degree pilot program.
December 12, 2017
Provides background information on cap‑and‑trade and the recent extension to 2030; identifies key administrative implementation decisions that could affect program outcomes; identifies potential opportunities to increase the effectiveness of a new advisory committee created by AB 398; and describes potential state cap‑and‑trade revenue scenarios through 2030.
December 7, 2017
Provides background regarding the objectives and operations of the Project Management Office (PMO); details our findings in evaluating the PMO; introduces two significant recent developments and their impacts on the PMO; and makes associated recommendations on how the Legislature should proceed to better align the office with the original legislative intent.
December 6, 2017
Provides background information on the state’s in-prison rehabilitation programs: outlines key program principles for maximizing reductions in recidivism; identifies key shortcomings in the state’s rehabilitation programs; and makes recommendations to improve how the state provides in-prison rehabilitation programs.
November 14, 2017
Provides background information on Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings as well as the administration’s approach to meeting goals for state‑owned ZNE buildings; assesses the administration’s approach to these buildings; and recommends Legislature adopt its own policies related to ZNE for state buildings.