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Options for Reducing State and Local Administrative Costs: A Review of Five Proposals Submitted by the County Supervisors' Association of California

January 1, 1984 - Senate Bill 1477 (Ch 1638/82) directs the Legislative Analyst, in conjunction with county officials, to evaluate certain recommendations for reducing the costs of administering programs for which the state and counties share responsibility. Specifically, the Legislative Analyst is directed to examine proposals submitted by the County Supervisors' Association of California (CSAC), and report his findings to the Legislature by January 1, 1984.

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Options for Reducing State and Local Administrative Costs: A Review of Five Proposals Submitted by the County Supervisors Association of California

January 1, 1984 - Senate Bill 1477 (Ch 1638/82) directs the Legislative Analyst, in conjunction with county officials, to evaluate certain recommendations for reducing the costs of administering programs for which the state and counties share responsibility. Specifically, the Legislative Analyst is directed to examine proposals submitted by the County Supervisors' Association of California (CSAC), and report his findings to the Legislature by January 1, 1984.

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Department of Health Services Toxic Substances Control Programs

December 14, 1983 - Statement to the Assembly Ways and Means Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Welfare Oversight Hearing on the Department of Health Services Toxic Substances Control Programs. Comments on the September revisions to the objectives contained in the department's May 1983 work plan and the first-quarter progress report and (2) the department's compliance with requirements adopted in the Supplemental Report of the 1983 Budget Act.

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Collective Bargaining

December 8, 1983 - A statement to the Assembly Committee on Public Employees and Retirement and the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization and Public Employment and Retirement on the bargaining process in other states and assessing the role of the California Legislature in the collective bargaining process covering state employees.

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Overcrowded School Facilities

December 5, 1983 - A statement to the Assembly Education Committee hearing on overcrowded school facilities. The information in this testimony includes: (1) recent funding history, (2) funding needs for school construction, and (3) the funding and revenue outlook for 1984-85.

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Fiscal Effect of Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 4

December 2, 1983 - An overview of California's current system of school finance, description of the alternative system proposed by SCA 4 and summary of the measure's fiscal effect.

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Special Education Programs for Children Living in Foster Family Homes and Licensed Children's Institutions

December 1, 1983 - This report reviews the funding of special education programs for children who live in foster family homes and licensed children's institutions (LCIs), and makes recommendations to the Legislature regarding the restructuring or continuation of the current funding mechanism. It examines the structure and the operational impact of the current funding formula on local education agencies (LEAs) in California and identifies problems that tend to reduce program effectiveness.

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Legislative Options for Developing Welfare Computer Systems in California

December 1, 1983 - This report reviews the revised feasibility report on the Statewide Public Assistance Network (SPAN) prepared by Arthur Andersen and Company. In addition, the report presents five options available to the Legislature for continuing the development of statewide computer systems that could improve the administration of public assistance programs in California.

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State and Local Finance

November 10, 1983 - Statement to the Senate Local Government Committee on the types of fiscal and policy issues which may be associated with proposals to restructure the current system of state and local finance.

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Overview of the Major Issues Regarding the Use of Tax-Exempt Bonds in California

November 9, 1983 - Presentation to the 1983 Fall Conference of the Financial and Accounting Officers of the Association of California Water Agencies by Jon David Vasche, Senior Economist, Office of the Legislative Analyst, State of California.

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Cogeneration

November 9, 1983 - A Response to the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees to questions regarding third-party cogeneration projects. (The joint production of electricity and useful thermal energy.) (1) What risk does the State take in entering into third-party cogeneration projects? (2) What problems might be encountered by the host institution? (3) What are the alternatives to third-party financing, and of these alternatives, what is the likelihood of their being implemented?

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General Fund Condition

November 8, 1983 - Statement by the Legislative Analyst to the Special Committee on Community Colleges regarding the General Fund condition and what it's prospects are for next year.

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Local Government Finances

November 3, 1983 - Statement to the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee on various aspects of local government finances including sources of local government revenue, bailout, local assistance programs more appropriately categorized as assistance to individuals, and general purpose revenues.

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An Overview of Community College Funding in California

October 26, 1983 - Statement to the Assembly Special Committee on Community Colleges responding to a series of concerns regarding community college finances including (1) levels of funding since 1977-78, (2) the current funding mechanism (SB 851), (3) 1983-84 funding levels, and (4) the $30 million course classification reduction of 1982-83.

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Federal Retrenchment and State Management

October 21, 1983 - Transcript of the introduction and observations of a panel discussion led by Legislative Analyst Bill Hamm on federal retrenchment and state management. Bill includes four observations as follows. (1) The states' management of the retrenchment process—particularly in terms of the transition from categoricals to block grants—has been a solid success. (2) The relationship between federal and state tax policies is not what many of us were led to believe. (3) Faced with the inevitability of federal retrenchment, state governments have done a poor job of articulating what's really important to them and what isn't. (4) More and more, state management of federal, as well as state, money is being limited by the courts.