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March 20, 2023 - This brief provides updates on federal and state broadband programs and projects, including the state’s 2021 broadband infrastructure spending plan, and considers the proposed delays of broadband infrastructure funding in the Governor’s 2023-24 budget.
March 17, 2023 - This post provides an overview of the information technology projects in the Governor’s proposed 2023-24 budget, provides our assessment of topics common to several proposals, and offers options for legislative consideration.
March 7, 2023 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications
March 2, 2023 - This post describes the Governor’s 2023-24 budget assumptions and proposals related to the In-Home Supportive Services program and offers relevant issues for legislative consideration.
February 24, 2023 - In this post, we provide some background on the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program, followed by an overview of the Governor's 2023-24 budget proposals and assumptions for SSI/SSP.
February 22, 2023 - In this post, we provide some basic background on the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program followed by an overview and assessment of the Governor’s CalWORKs budget proposals.
February 22, 2023 - California’s children and family programs include an array of services to protect children from abuse and neglect and to keep families safely together when possible. This analysis: (1) provides program background; (2) outlines the Governor’s proposed 2023-24 budget for children and family programs, including child welfare services and foster care programs; (3) provides implementation updates on a number of programs that were funded in the current and prior years; and (4) raises questions and issues for the Legislature to consider.
February 15, 2023 - In this brief, we provide some basic background on the Department of Developmental Services and a high-level overview of its proposed 2023-24 budget. We then raise oversight issues for legislative consideration.
February 14, 2023 - This is the second in a series of analyses estimating the percentage of California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)-eligible individuals who actually enroll in the program—otherwise known as the CalWORKs take-up rate. In this analysis, we compare CalWORKs eligibility and take-up rates across various demographic and economic groups.
February 9, 2023 - This budget post provides an update on CSD's implementation of the California Arrearage Payment Program (CAPP), describes the proposed $400 million reversion of unspent 2022-23 CAPP dollars included as a budget solution in the 2023-24 Governor’s Budget, and provides our analysis of the proposal.
January 13, 2023 - On January 10, 2023, Governor Newsom presented his proposed state budget to the Legislature. In this report, we provide a brief summary of the proposed budget based on our initial review. In the coming weeks, we will analyze the plan in more detail and release several additional budget analyses.
November 29, 2022 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments
October 21, 2022 - The 2022-23 spending plan provides over $25 billion from the General Fund for human services programs. This is an increase of over $4 billion, or 19 percent, compared to the revised, prior-year spending level.
September 29, 2022 - Each year, our office publishes California Spending Plan, a series of publications that summarize the annual state budget. The Overview of the California Spending Plan is presented here along with short online posts that focus on major areas and features of the 2022-23 budget package. As more of these posts become available, we will add them below.
April 6, 2022 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Communications and Conveyance