The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) will celebrate in 2016 the 75th anniversary of its creation in 1941. The original and ongoing mission of the office—to provide analysis and nonpartisan advice and recommendations to the California Legislature on fiscal and policy issues—remains unchanged. Over the years, however, the state and the LAO have seen many and major changes. The purpose of this webpage is to provide information about the LAO’s history, people, key events, and changes that have occurred within the office and within the state of California during this period. We hope you find this page informative and interesting.