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Public Employee Pensions: An Interview With LAO's Jason Sisney

August 8, 2011 - LAO State Finance Director Jason Sisney appears on the news interview program The Maddy Report, where he is questioned about public employee pensions. His interview is contained in the first two segments of this five segment program.

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Summary Tables 2011-12 Budget Package

July 1, 2011 - Summary Tables 2011-12 Budget Package

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2009 List of State Boards and Commissions (Partially Updated)

June 7, 2011 - This document is a partially updated list of nearly 300 state boards and commissions. This list is based on a search for state boards and commissions that our office completed in 2009. In updating this list, we removed any entities that we know have been abolished since 2009. We post this list with the caveat that Legislative Counsel and the administration have not reviewed it. Without their review, we do not know whether this list includes all state boards and commissions currently in existence. It may be possible, for example, that some boards and commissions have been eliminated or created since 2009 without our knowledge.

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Webcast: Overview of the May Revision Press Conference

May 19, 2011 - Mac Taylor speaks to the media about the LAO report "The 2011-12 Budget: Overview of the May Revision."

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Webcast: Mac Taylor Press Conference--High-Speed Rail Is at a Critical Juncture

May 10, 2011 - Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, report author Eric Thronson, and section director Farra Bracht speak to reporters about the LAO report "High-Speed Rail Is at a Critical Juncture."

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Webcast: High-Speed Rail Is at a Critical Juncture

May 10, 2011 - In this 5-minute video, analyst Eric Thronson discusses the LAO report "High-Speed Rail Is at a Critical Juncture."

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Webcast: How Small Is Too Small? An Analysis of School District Consolidation

May 2, 2011 - In this webcast (approximately 10 minutes), analyst Rachel Ehlers discusses the LAO report "How Small Is Too Small? An Analysis of School District Consolidation."

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Are Entering Freshmen Prepared For College-Level Work?

March 10, 2011 - Are Entering Freshmen Prepared For College-Level Work? (updated March 2011) This is one of a series of issue briefs examining important questions about higher education funding in California. For more information on this topic, or to request other briefs from this series, contact the Legislative Analyst’s Office Higher Education section at (916)319-8349, or visit our website at www.lao.ca.gov/highered.

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Webcast: Guaranteed Regional Access Needed for State Universities

February 17, 2011 - In this 9-minute video, the LAO's Judy Heiman and Steve Boilard answer questions about the latest installment to the Master Plan at 50 series, "Guaranteed Regional Access Needed for State Universities."

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Webcast: Public Retirement Benefits, Options for the Future

February 10, 2011 - In this 15-minute video, LAO State Finance Director Jason Sisney describes why public employee retirement costs have risen substantially in recent years for California governments and the Legislature's options for creating new types of retirement benefits for future state and local employees. At the same time, as Sisney discusses, the Legislature may have to identify new funding soon to address substantial unfunded liabilities in the teachers' and University of California retirement systems, among others.

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Introduction to the California Budget

January 13, 2011 - In this ten minute video, Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor discusses the building blocks that comprise California's state budget including the difference between general and special funds, major sources of revenue, and the largest categories of expenditure.

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Webcast: The 2011-12 Budget: Overview of the Governor’s Budget

January 12, 2011 - Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor speaks with the media about the LAO's report The 2011-12 Budget: Overview of the Governor’s Budget.

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Webcasts: California's Fiscal Outlook

November 10, 2010 - Three short webcasts summarizing our 2011-12 Fiscal Outlook publication. Includes: (1) Overview, (2) Revenue and Economic Outlook, and (3) Proposition 98.

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Webcast: Using Distance Education to Increase College Access and Efficiency

October 25, 2010 - Analyst Paul Steenhausen discusses the LAO report "The Master Plan at 50: Using Distance Education to Increase College Access and Efficiency."

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Webcast: California's Other Budget Deficit--The Unemployment Insurance Fund Insolvency

October 20, 2010 - In this short video, Todd Bland, Director of the Social Services Section at the LAO discusses the report "California's Other Budget Deficit: The Unemployment Insurance Fund Insolvency."