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January 6, 1995 - On March 7, 1994, Governor Wilson signed into law AB 971 (Ch 12194, Jones)-referred to as the ''Three Strikes and You're Out" criminal sentencing measure. In November, the voters reaffirmed the measure by overwhelmingly approving Proposition 184, an initiative that is essentially identical to Chapter 12.
January 6, 1995 - The California Department of Corrections (CDC) projects that the state prison population will grow by almost 70 percent in the next five years. Much of this growth will be driven by enactment of the "Three Strikes and You're Out" legislation. Building new state prisons to accommodate this growth will be both challenging and costly. In this report, we discuss (1) the CDC's inmate population projections and new prison needs, (2) the current status of funding for prison construction and renovation, and (3) the state budget implications of accommodating growth in the state's prison population.
January 6, 1995 - The “Three Strikes and You’re Out” Law—A Preliminary Assessment
January 5, 1995 - The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) provides analysis and nonpartisan advice to the California Legislature on fiscal and policy issues, and has done so for over fifty years. The LAO enjoys a national reputation for its fiscal and programmatic expertise, and its high quality, nonpartisan analyses. The LAO is overseen by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), a 14-member bipartisan committee composed of an equal number of Assembly and Senate members. The office currently has a staff of 46 personnel-years - 36 analytical and 10 support, who serve as a nonpartisan staff respurce to all legislators.
January 1, 1995 - Presented To: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2
January 1, 1995 - In February 1994 the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) in its Analysis of the 1994-95 Budget Bill cited a number of major problems with the state's current special education funding formula. Among the major shortfalls cited were (1) unjustified funding variations among local education agencies (LEAs), (2) unnecessary complexity, (3) constraints on local innovation and response to changing requirements, and (4) inappropriate fiscal incentives. Based on this analysis, the Legislature adopted language in the Supplemental Report of the 1994 Budget Act directing the State Department of Education (SDE), the Department of Finance, and the LAO to jointly review the Master Plan for Special Education (MPSE) and propose a new funding model by May 31, 1995.
January 1, 1995 - Cal Guide: A Profile of State Programs and Finances
December 27, 1994 - To help California compete for grants under President's initiative for Defense Reinvestment and Conversion, the state set aside over $50 million in matching funds and established the Defense Conversion Matching Grant Program.
December 1, 1994 - In July 1994, a two-year plan was adopted for eliminating the budget deficit carried over from 1993-94 and bringing the state's budget back into balance by year-end 1995-96. On January 10, 1995, the Governor is scheduled to release his specific budget proposal for 1995-96. This update reviews the state's progress in implementing the budget plan based on recent developments. Currently, the state is running slightly ahead of scheduie in its two-year plan to eliminate the budget deficit. However, there are a number of budget risks and uncertainties that could worsen the outlook considerably and jeopardize achieving a balanced budget in 1995-96.