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May 1, 1983 - The authority to approve business travel by a state employee generally is vested in the employee's department. Once the trip has been approved, the employee or a designated department staff member makes the arrangements for the employee's transportation and accommodation needs. This decentralized approach to state employee travel was questioned during legislative deliberations on the budget for 1982-83. As a result, the Legislature included in SB 1326--the budget companion bill--a provision requiring the Legislative Analyst's office to report on the transportation needs of state employees and the feasibility and desirability of establishing "travel centers" in the Department of General Services. In response to the requirement contained in SB 1326, we conducted a study of alternatives for arranging travel by state employees in a more cost-effective manner, including the use of travel centers.
March 1, 1983 - In order to fulfill our responsibilities under Chapter 375, we reviewed the board's report and evaluated the activities of the bureau staff by conducting on-site visits and interviews with licensees. We also met with members of the professional organizations subject to the provisions of the act. Our evaluation sought to develop answers to three questions: 1. How effective has the Board of Landscape Architects been in insuring a minimum level of competency for all persons calling themselves landscape architects? 2. How effective has the Board of Landscape Architects been in promoting and protecting the interests of consumers? 3. Is it necessary for the state to regulate this industry?
February 1, 1983 - (219 Pages, 75 MB) For the third year in a row, the Legislature faces a budget that does not contain sufficient funds to maintain the existing level of services provided to the people of California. If the budget estimates turn out to be accurate, 1983-84 will be the first year since 1977-78 in which state revenues exceed state expenditures. Whether, in fact, these estimates do prove to be accurate will depend largely on three factors: (1) the performance of the state's economy; (2) policy decisions made by the Legislature, and (3) decisions handed down by the courts. Estimated expenditures in 1982-83 are $1.5 billion greater than estimated resources available in the current year. Thus, unless actions are taken by the Legislature prior to June 30, 1983, or the economy (and hence revenues) performs better than anticipated, the state will end 1983 with a deficit of approximately $1.6 billion.
January 1, 1983 - Annual Report of the Legislative Analyst Fiscal Year 1981-82