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The 2015-16 Budget: Major Features of the Adopted Plan (Other Issues)

June 19, 2015 - We have provided information on the major provisions of the budget plan passed by the Legislature on Friday, June 19. (It does not reflect potential gubernatorial vetoes.) We will provide a more comprehensive summary of the budget plan in our annual California Spending Plan later this summer.

Hearing Handout

3780—Native American Heritage Commission Implementation of New California Environmental Quality Act Requirements Resources and Transportation Agenda, Page 23

June 5, 2015 - Presented to Conference Committee

Hearing Handout

0540—California Natural Resources Agency Expansion of Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Funds Resources and Transportation Agenda, Page 3

June 5, 2015 - Presented to Conference Committee

Hearing Handout

Department of Toxic Substances Control: Overview of Conference Issues Issue 3960, Page 35

June 5, 2015 - Presented to Budget Conference Committee

Hearing Handout

Cap-and-Trade: Budget Conference Issues Resources and Transportation Agenda, Page 43

June 3, 2015 - Presented to: Budget Conference Committee

Hearing Handout

Resources and Transportation Agenda, Page 31 Item 3860-001-6083—Department of Water Resources Item 3940-101-6083—State Water Resources Control Board Drought Conference Issues

June 3, 2015 - Presented to: Budget Conference Committee

Hearing Handout

Governor’s May Revision: 2015-16 Cap-and-Trade Expenditure Plan

May 17, 2015 -

Hearing Handout

Governor’s May Revision: 2015-16 Drought Package

May 17, 2015 -

Report

An Analysis of the Beverage Container Recycling Program

April 29, 2015 - The Beverage Container Recycling Program has operated with an annual structural deficit averaging about $90 million since 2008-09 and is currently forecast to run an average deficit of almost $60 million from 2014-15 to 2017-18, absent any changes to reduce expenditures or increase revenues. In this report, we make several recommendations that could eliminate the structural deficit and improve overall program effectiveness. Specifically, we recommend (1) requiring beverage manufacturers to pay for the full cost of recycling their containers, (2) evaluating program activities to determine how cost-effective they are at achieving recycling and litter reduction goals, (3) giving recyclers more flexibility in where they locate and piloting a new recycler payment structure in order to improve convenience for consumers, and (4) adjusting the administrative payments to program participants to reflect their actual costs.

Hearing Handout

Achieving State Goals for the Delta

March 19, 2015 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation

Hearing Handout

Implementing the 2014 Water Bond

March 18, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation

Hearing Handout

Overview of the Beverage Container Recycling Program

March 12, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Committee

Hearing Handout

2015-2016 Budget Overview of Environmental Protection Agency and Departments

March 12, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Committee

Hearing Handout

2015-16 Budget Overview of Natural Resources Agency and Departments

March 5, 2015 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy, and Transportation. Hon. Lois Wolk, Chair

Report

The 2015-16 Budget: Resources and Environmental Protection

February 19, 2015 - The Governor’s budget for 2015-16 proposes a total of $9.3 billion in expenditures from the General Fund, various special funds, bond funds, and federal funds for resources and environmental protection programs. In this report, we assess many of the Governor’s budget proposals related to these programs and recommend various changes.

Environment and Natural Resources Staff

Ross Brown
(916) 319-8345
Air Quality, Energy, Recycling, and Climate Change
 
Rachel Ehlers
(916) 319-8330
Water, Coastal Development, and Fish and Wildlife
 
Helen Kerstein
(916) 319-8364
Forestry, Parks, and High Speed Rail
 
Frank Jimenez
(916) 319-8324
Highways and Roads, Agriculture, and Toxics
 
Eunice Roh
(916) 319-8327
Mass Transportation, Traffic Enforcement, Statewide Infrastructure
 
Brian Brown
(916) 319-8325
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Environment and Transportation