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Governor’s Hydrogen Highway Initiative

February 23, 2006 - Last year, the Legislature approved $6.5 million as initial, one-time funding for the Governor’s Hydrogen Highway Initiative. The budget proposes to increase funding for the Hydrogen Highway Initiative by an additional $6.5 million in 2006-07. We think that the requested funding is premature until the board submits a statutorily required report that will enable the Legislature to evaluate whether continued funding for this purpose is warranted.

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Governor’s Climate Change Initiative

February 23, 2006 - The budget proposes $7.2 million across several departments to implement the first steps in the Governor’s Climate Change Initiative—a series of strategies designed to reduce the state’s emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). We recommend that the Legislature provide statutory direction for a state climate change policy that addresses a number of issues, including GHG emission reduction targets, the appropriate mix of regulatory and voluntary strategies, and lead agency designation.

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Fish and Game Fiscal Problems

February 23, 2006 - The budget fails to address the long-term structural deficit in the Fish and Game Preservation Fund (FGPF)—the fund into which revenues from the sales of hunting and fishing licenses are deposited and the department’s largest source of support. We recommend steps for the Legislature to take to address the long-term deficit problem. We further recommend that the Legislature conduct oversight hearings on the department’s fiscal problems and performance in carrying out its program responsibilities.

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Reforming the CALFED Bay-Delta Program

February 23, 2006 - Four independent management and fiscal reviews have come to similar conclusions: (1) the current CALFED governance structure is not working well, (2) state priorities for CALFED are not clear, and (3) meaningful performance measures for the program are lacking. However, the Governor’s CALFED budget proposal is “business as usual.” To accomplish a needed overhaul, we recommend the enactment of legislation addressing the governance problems, setting expenditure priorities, establishing performance measures that tie to the budget process, and defining the beneficiary pays funding principle.

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Analysis of the 2006-07 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter

February 23, 2006 - Analysis of the 2006-07 Budget Bill, Resources Chapter

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Reorganizing California’s Energy-Related Activities

February 22, 2006 - The Governor has proposed to consolidate several energy-related activities in a new Department of Energy, to be headed by a cabinet-level Secretary of Energy. The Governor’s proposal would also transfer the responsibility for permitting new electricity transmission projects from the California Public Utilities Commission to the new department. In his analysis, we describe the existing energy organizational structure in the state, consider concerns raised about the existing structure, examine key points of the Governor’s proposal, and raise issues and make recommendations for reorganizing energy-related activities in California.

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Governor's Water Management Bond and Financing Proposals

January 31, 2006 - We review infrastructure proposals in the Strategic Growth Initiative related to water management. Presented to the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

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The State’s Infrastructure And the Use of Bonds: A Primer

January 3, 2006 - There has been much interest recently both by the Governor and the Legislature in investing in the state’s infrastructure and using bonds to do so. This reflects both the state’s large current and future infrastructure needs and the key role that bonds will inevitably have to play in financing them. This brief answers a number of common questions related to using bonds to fund infrastructure. These questions include the overall nature of the infrastructure needs facing California, the different options for paying for them, and key issues and concerns associated with using more bonds.review infrastructure

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Financing Flood Management Infrastructure

November 30, 2005 - Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and Assembly Select Committee on Growth and Infrastructure

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Balancing the Fish and Game Preservation Fund

May 18, 2005 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 on Resources and the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources

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A Primer: California's Wildland Fire Protection System

April 12, 2005 - California's wildland fire protection system involves multiple levels of government, requires significant levels of personnel and equipment, and relies on a complex series of interagency agreements. This primer is intended to assist the Legislature in understanding how wildland fire protection services are delivered and the major cost drivers affecting spending. We also make recommendations for increasing legislative oversight of state expenditures for wildland fire protection and for reducing these expenditures.

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Department of Fish and Game: Funding Issues

April 11, 2005 - Presented to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on April 11, 2005.

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Reorganizing the State’s Recycling Programs

April 4, 2005 - Presented to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on April 4, 2005.

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Pesticide-Related Expenditures Across State Agencies

April 4, 2005 - Presented to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on April 4, 2005.

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Overview of OEHHA’s Report of Long-Term Baseline Funding Requirement (Revised)

April 4, 2005 - Presented to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on April 4, 2005.

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