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April 29, 1983 - An analysis of the current system of public finance in California and the way in which control over decisions at the local level is exercised. Local governments have very little leeway in responding to the demands placed upon them by their citizens—even though the conventional wisdom holds local governments to be the most responsive level of government. Remarks on the extreme difficulty of balancing the interests of the community against those of the state as a whole.
April 1, 1983 - The Conference Committee on the 1982 Budget Bill added language to Section 4.00 requiring the Legislative Analyst and the California Information Technology Advisory Board to perform independent reviews of electronic data processing (EDP) control and uses in California state government, and to submit separate reports to the Legislature in January 1983. A copy of the specific language adopted by the Legislature is included in this report as Appendix A.
April 1, 1983 - Chapter 1256, Statutes of 1980, requires the Legislative Analyst to report annually on any previously unfunded mandates for which funding was provided by the Legislature in a claims bill during the prior fiscal year. This report reviews those mandates funded initially in one of the following three claims bills: (I) Ch 1090/81 (SB 1261), (2) Ch 28/82 (AB 171), and (3) Ch 1586/82 (AB 2675). These measures were enacted during the period June 30, 1981, through September 30, 1982.
March 1, 1983 - In order to fulfill our responsibilities under Chapter 375, we reviewed the board's report and evaluated the activities of the bureau staff by conducting on-site visits and interviews with licensees. We also met with members of the professional organizations subject to the provisions of the act. Our evaluation sought to develop answers to three questions: 1. How effective has the Board of Landscape Architects been in insuring a minimum level of competency for all persons calling themselves landscape architects? 2. How effective has the Board of Landscape Architects been in promoting and protecting the interests of consumers? 3. Is it necessary for the state to regulate this industry?
February 28, 1983 - Statement to the Senate Finance Committee summarizing the LAO's conclusions regarding the Governor's Budget.
February 24, 1983 - An overview of California school finance, including significant changes since Proposition 13 and the outlook for fiscal year 1983-84. The material is organized in the order of (1) total education funding, (2) general aid funding, (3) categorical aid funding, and (4) school facilities funding.
February 23, 1983 - Analysis of the 1983-84 Budget Bill
February 1, 1983 - This report summarizes the recommendations for new legislation contained in the Analysis of the 1983-84 Budget Bill.
February 1, 1983 - In the Analysis of the Budget Bill for 1983-84, we report the results of our detailed examination of the Governor's spending proposals for the coming budget year. This document summarizes, by program area, the principal findings and recommendations set forth in the Analysis. It also provides information on the net effect of these recommendations on the state's fiscal condition.
February 1, 1983 - The Departments of Developmental Services (DDS) and Mental Health (DMH) administer programs for developmentally and mentally disabled persons at 11 state hospitals. The State Department of Education (SDE) and local education agencies (county offices of education and school districts) are responsible for providing community-based education and related services to children with special needs.
February 1, 1983 - (219 Pages, 75 MB) For the third year in a row, the Legislature faces a budget that does not contain sufficient funds to maintain the existing level of services provided to the people of California. If the budget estimates turn out to be accurate, 1983-84 will be the first year since 1977-78 in which state revenues exceed state expenditures. Whether, in fact, these estimates do prove to be accurate will depend largely on three factors: (1) the performance of the state's economy; (2) policy decisions made by the Legislature, and (3) decisions handed down by the courts. Estimated expenditures in 1982-83 are $1.5 billion greater than estimated resources available in the current year. Thus, unless actions are taken by the Legislature prior to June 30, 1983, or the economy (and hence revenues) performs better than anticipated, the state will end 1983 with a deficit of approximately $1.6 billion.
January 24, 1983 - The Legislative Analyst cautions the Legislature against following the Governor's recommendation to carry over a deficit into fiscal year 1983-84, and that instead they should act to balance the state's budget now.
January 1, 1983 - Annual Report of the Legislative Analyst Fiscal Year 1981-82
February 24, 1982 - Analysis of the 1982-83 Budget Bill.
February 1, 1982 - (136 pages, 8 MB) For the second year in a row, the Legislature faces a budget that does not contain sufficient funds to maintain the existing levels of service. In terms of real purchasing power, the Governor's Budget for 1982-83 is 3.5 percent lower than the budget for the current year. The General Fund portion of the Governor's Budget will be in balance only if several critical assumptions underlying the budget are borne out. These assumptions include: the state's economy will improve by rnid-1982; the Legislature will approve total revenue package of nearly $1 billion; at the June 1982 primary election, the voters will approve the bond measure for state prison construction, .and disapprove initiatives relating to income tax indexing and inheritance and gift taxes. If these and other assumptions are not borne out, the General Fund will end the year with a deficit, even if there is no carry-over deficit remaining. Here, we provide a perspective on the state's current fiscal situation, including options for addressing the deficit in the General Fund Budget for 1982-83, provide a perspective on the budget issues that the Legislature faces in 1983-84, and discuss major issues that have been identified in our review of the state's current fiscal condition and the Governor's Budget for 1983-84.