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Overview of Proposition 2 in 2018‑19 Budget

March 15, 2018 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 4 On State Administration and General Government

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The 2018-19 Budget: California Hiring Tax Credits

March 15, 2018 - In this report, we explain how the existing credit works and why so few taxpayers are claiming it. Then we describe and comment on the administration’s California Hiring Credit proposal, which would improve upon the existing credit in some respects. We conclude with some options for making more fundamental changes to the credit.

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The Potential Effects of Ending the SSI Cash-Out

March 14, 2018 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services

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The 2018-19 Budget: The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

March 13, 2018 - In this analysis, we assess two proposals for OES included in the Governor’s 2018‑19 budget: (1) the California Earthquake Early Warning (CEEW) system and (2) the California Disaster Assistance Act.

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The 2018-19 Budget: Statewide Prison to Employment Initiative

March 12, 2018 - This post addresses the Governor’s 2018‑19 budget proposal to provide $36 million General Fund over two years for local workforce development boards to fund employment training opportunities for at least 1,000 ex‑offenders and to integrate local employment training with programs offered by parole and probation departments. In the post, we (1) provide background on workforce development and employment programs for ex‑offenders, (2) describe and assess the Governor’s initiative, and (3) make recommendations regarding the proposal and raise outstanding issues for the Legislature’s consideration.

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The 2018-19 Budget: Census Outreach

March 8, 2018 - The decennial census enumerates each person in the United States. The results of the census apportion seats in the House of Representatives, guide legislative redistricting, and form the basis for allocating half-a-trillion dollars in federal assistance annually. The Census Bureau is making a number of significant changes to the 2020 Census. The Governor proposes providing $40 million for outreach to encourage Californians to complete the census. Given the major changes to the upcoming census—and the potential impacts to state funding—preparing for a significant outreach campaign can be in the state’s fiscal interest.

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High School Career Technical Education

March 8, 2018 - Presented to: Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Finance

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Education Mandates

March 8, 2018 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

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An Overview of the California Community Colleges Strong Workforce Program

March 8, 2018 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education.

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Overview of Proposition 98 Budget Proposals

March 8, 2018 - Presented to Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education Finance

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Overview of the Beverage Container Recycling Program

March 7, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation

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Overview of California’s Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Program

March 7, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation

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Voter Requirements for Local Taxes

March 7, 2018 - Presented to: Assembly Local Government Committee Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Senate Governance and Finance Committee

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Sequestering Savings From the Closure of Developmental Centers

March 7, 2018 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services

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Building Reserves to Prepare for a Recession

March 7, 2018 - Reserves are of critical importance to the health of the state's budget. These funds help cushion the impact of a budget problem that emerges during a recession. In this report, our office provides an overview of revenue losses that have occurred in past recessions to consider the magnitude of a budget problem that could emerge in the future. Then, we describe the Governor's reserve proposal for 2018-19 and compare this level to past reserves and other states. Next, to aid the Legislature as it evaluates the Governor’s proposal, we present a framework that the Legislature can use to plan for a recession and determine a target level of reserves. Finally, we conclude with our office’s comments on the Governor’s proposed level of reserves in light of this framework and present some alternatives for legislative consideration.