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November 21, 1991 - Despite heavy rains in March 1991, California continues to face a serious near-term water problem resulting from five years of drought. In fact, the amount of water in storage on October 1, 1991 was about equal to the amount in storage one year ago—a year in which strict conservation measures were imposed in some areas and there were significant reductions in water supplies for many agricultural users. In this paper, we provide background information on California's water system, the impact of the drought, water needs in the future, and legislative options for coping with water supply limitations.
October 10, 1991 - Local Housing Elements and State Housing Bonds: A Report on Housing Activities in Communities Applying for State Bond Funds
September 3, 1991 - We recommend various steps to improve the performance of the DFG Department of Fish and Game.
September 1, 1991 - This report summarizes the fiscal effect of the 1991 Budget Act (Ch 118/91-AB 222, Vasconcellos) including the effects of major legislation accompanying the budget which were enacted as part of the overall state spending plan for 1991-92.
August 21, 1991 - Over the past 10 years, total funding for K-12 education has increased significantly — growing from $12.7 billion in 1982-83 to $27 billion in 1991-92. After adjusting for inflation, the 1991 Budget Act results in a level of total funding per unit of average daily attendance (ADA) in 1991-92 that is 13 percent higher than the level of per-ADA funding in 1982-83, the year immediately prior to the enactment of SB 813 (the state’s major school funding and reform measure). In this issue paper we identify the major sources of this education funding growth and the specific uses to which school districts have put these funds, focusing on those program areas that have grown at higher-than-average rates.
May 24, 1991 - Proposition 99 (November 1988), the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act, established a new surtax on cigarettes and tobacco products, thereby generating about $1.5 billion in new revenues for expenditure in 1989-90 and 1990-91. Assembly Bill 75 (Ch 1331/89, Isenberg) allocated the vast majority of these funds. Our review suggests that the major departments responsible for the implementation of AB 75 have generally made reasonable progress in the past two years in implementing the health services and health education programs the act established, although some programs are still experiencing delays in payments or are underutilizing the funds that are available. Our review also indicates that there is currently little data available with which to evaluate the effectiveness of programs.
May 22, 1991 - The purpose of this issue paper is to assist the Legislature in understanding the organizational and policy issues surrounding the state's environmental programs, and in evaluating how the specific reorganization proposals address these issues. In this paper we discuss how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's environmental protection efforts through changes in the organization of environmental programs and through changes in the process for setting environmental protection priorities.
May 14, 1991 - Chapter 479, Statutes of 1988 (SB 2592, Dills), eliminated, for a three-year trial period, the statutorily set limits on the finance rates that retailers may charge consumers on their retail credit accounts in California. The original rate limits were established by the so-called Unruh Act in 1959. Chapter 479 lifts the rate limits from January 1989 to January 1992, after which time these limits will go back into effect. It also requires the Legislative Analyst to report to the Legislature on consumer credit rates charged in California in 1989 and 1990, during the first two years of the deregulation period. Our report provides this required credit rate information, along with various other information that may assist the Legislature in interpreting the data and deciding whether to allow limits on consumer credit finance rates to go back into effect in 1992.
March 26, 1991 - California's mental health system is a partnership involving shared responsibilities between the state and counties. The system is governed by the Short-Doyle Act, enacted in 1957. The act requires the Department of Mental Health to provide leadership in administering, planning, financing, and overseeing mental health services, including local programs. Mental health services are funded primarily from state funds, with a required county match for certain services.