Environment and Natural Resources Publications

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Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: Funding Wildland Fire Protection

April 9, 2008 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources

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Funding Timber Harvest Plan Review and Enforcement

April 7, 2008 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review, Subcommittee No. 2

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Department of Fish and Game: Funding Regulatory Programs With Increased Fees

April 7, 2008 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review, Subcommittee No. 2

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Department of Parks and Recreation: LAO Alternative to Governor's Budget-Balancing Proposal

March 24, 2008 - Presented to: Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy

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LAO Alternative Budget For Higher Education

March 14, 2008 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee

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2008-09 Budget Overview: Resources Agency Departments

March 12, 2008 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources

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Department of Parks and Recreation: LAO Alternative to Governor’s Budget-Balancing Proposal

March 12, 2008 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources

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Governor’s Proposed Delta Actions: LAO’s Initial Fiscal Assessment

March 11, 2008 - Presented to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water

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Analysis of the 2008-09 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter

February 20, 2008 - Analysis of the 2008-09 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter

Report

State Park Fees

February 20, 2008 - We recommend that user fees in state parks be increased to avoid park closures as proposed by the Governor and to provide additional funding for state park maintenance.

Report

Governor’s Hydrogen Highway Initiative

February 20, 2008 - We recommend that $6 million proposed for the Governor’s Hydrogen Highway initiative be rejected, because sufficient funding remains available from prior appropriations in light of the relatively little program progress to date. We also find that the Legislature is in a position to set its own hydrogen policy priorities before approving additional funding.

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Funding Timber Harvest Plan Review and Enforcement

February 20, 2008 - We recommend the enactment of legislation to create a fee on timber operators to fully fund the review and enforcement of timber harvest plans by several state agencies, thereby creating General Fund savings of $21.2 million. Our recommendation is based on the application of the "beneficiary pays" funding principle.

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Funding Water Quality and Water Rights Programs

February 20, 2008 - We recommend applying the "polluter pays" funding principle more fully to the State Water Resources Control Board’s core water quality and water rights programs by (1) increasing existing fees to fully cover regulatory program costs, and (2) enacting a new broad-based fee to fully fund water quality management programs. Adopting our recommendations would create General Fund savings of $30.6 million.

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Funding Wildland Fire Protection

February 20, 2008 - The Governor’s proposed surcharge on commercial and residential insurance policies statewide to partially pay for wildland firefighting should be rejected in favor of a fee on property owners in "state responsibility areas" because these individuals directly benefit from the state’s firefighting services.

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Funding Flood Management

February 20, 2008 - We recommend the enactment of legislation to establish a fee to cover the department’s flood management expenditures that provide a direct benefit to property owners in flood zones statewide and those protected by the state Central Valley flood control system, thereby creating General Fund savings of about $40 million.

Environment and Natural Resources Staff

Helen Kerstein
(916) 319-8364
Forestry, Parks, and High Speed Rail
 
Sonja Petek
(916) 319-8340
Water, Coastal Development, and Fish and Wildlife
 
Frank Jimenez
(916) 319-8324
Highways and Roads, Recycling, Agriculture, and Toxics
 
Sarah Cornett
(916) 319-8329
Air Quality, Energy, and Climate Change
 
Rachel Ehlers
(916) 319-8330
Deputy Legislative Analyst: Environment and Transportation