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January 27, 2009 - Legislative Analyst Director of Criminal Justice, Anthony Simbol, discusses the fourth report in the LAO’s 2009-10 Budget Analysis Series, titled Criminal Justice Realignment
January 27, 2009 - The Governor’s 2009-10 budget plan contains a proposal to shift some funding for some criminal justice programs from the state to the local level. We recommend that the Legislature expand upon this concept, and implement a policy-driven realignment of nearly $1.4 billion of state responsibilities to counties along with resources to pay for them. In particular, we propose that the state shift to counties programs for juvenile offenders and adults convicted of drug possession crimes. Under our realignment concept, counties would have broad authority to manage juvenile and drug–addicted adult offenders programs to achieve success. We recommend that the Legislature finance this criminal justice realignment by increasing the vehicle license fee (VLF) rate to 1 percent (which results in a revenue gain of $1.1 billion) and redirecting $359 million of existing VLF revenues. Under this financing approach, realignment would serve as a nearly $1.4 billion ongoing General Fund budget solution.
December 1, 2008 - The role of the Legislative Analyst's Office is to review state programs and make recommendations to the Legislature as to how the state can operate more effectively and efficiently. This report summarizes various changes to law that we have recommended in recent years. Recommendations in this report include, among many others: (a) Simplify and Consolidate K-12 General Purpose Funding, (b) Promote the Adoption of Health Information Technology in California, (c) Fund Inmate Education Programs Based on Actual Attendance, and (d) Increase and Index the State Gas Tax.
September 25, 2008 - Presented to: Senate Public Safety Committee Hon. Gloria Romero, Chair Assembly Public Safety Committee Hon. Jose Solorio, Chair
September 23, 2008 - Presented to: Senate Public Safety Committee, Hon. Gloria Romero, Chair and Assembly Public Safety Committee, Hon. Jose Solorio, Chair
September 23, 2008 - Presented to the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees
June 13, 2008 - LAO compromise for Item 5225-001-0001, 5225-002-0001, and 5225-101-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (pages 304-312, 323-324).
June 13, 2008 - Item 5225-301-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (page 330).
June 13, 2008 - Item 5225-101-0001, 9210-101-0001, 9210-105-0001, 9210-607-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (pages 328, 423-425)
June 13, 2008 - Item 5225-002-0001 and 4440-011-0001 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee (pages 285, 325).
June 13, 2008 - LAO Compromise on Executive and Legislative Proposals for Restitution Fund Expenditures.
June 12, 2008 - LAO compromise for Item 0250 of the 2008 Budget Conference Committee.
March 13, 2008 - Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 4
March 13, 2008 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No.4
March 10, 2008 - Water and Waste District Enterprise Special District Property Taxes Redirected to Support Public Safety/Parole Realignment