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A Status Report on Proposition 65--The Safe Drinking Water And Toxic Enforcement Act Of 1986

February 1, 1988 - A Status Report on Proposition 65--The Safe Drinking Water And Toxic Enforcement Act Of 1986


Special Schools

February 1, 1988 - Special Schools


The Allocation of Home-to-School Transportation Funds

February 1, 1988 - The Allocation of Home-to-School Transportation Funds


Research at CSU

February 1, 1988 - Research at CSU


The Impact of Demographic Changes on California

February 1, 1988 - The Impact of Demographic Changes on California


Analysis of the 1987-88 Tax Expenditure Budget

January 1, 1988 - The objective of this report is to provide the Legislature with information which will enable it to subject tax expenditure programs to the same ongoing scrutiny that direct expenditure programs receive, thereby facilitating the development of proposals to renew, modify, or delete individual tax expenditure programs in conjunction with the regular budget process.


The Safe Drinking Water Bond Program: A Review

January 1, 1988 - The Safe Drinking Water Bond program provides grants and low-interest loans to assist local water suppliers in meeting minimum drinking water standards. This report presents our findings and recommendations regarding the bond program as required by Section 13819(d) of the Water Code, which was added by the Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1984 (Ch 378/84).


The Public Utilities Commission: A Review of Regulatory Fee Funding

January 1, 1988 - This report is submitted pursuant to Chapter 323, Statutes of 1983. This legislation requires the Legislative Analyst to (1) evaluate the effectiveness of regulatory fees as a method of funding the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and (2) recommend whether regulatory fee funding for the PUC should be continued, amended, or repealed. Chapter 1 describes the PUC's regulatory fee system. Chapter 2 provides the major arguments for and against the use of regulatory fees and contains our recommendation on the commission's ongoing funding source. Chapter 3 describes other issues related to the PUC's regulatory fee structure.


The Trial Court Funding Program: Financial Implications

January 1, 1988 - Our focus in this report is the identification of the Trial Court Funding Program's financial implications, both in the short term and in the long term. These financial implications are significant, and it may be appropriate for the Legislature to consider modifications to the measure in order to increase its effectiveness. In addition, our review of the measure indicates that there are a number of provisions where the Legislature's intent is not clear, or where additional legislative action may be necessary to clarify the technical provisions of the measure or to make them more effective in carrying out their purposes.


Penalty Assessments: A Review of Their Use as a Financing Mechanism

January 1, 1988 - This report compares the sources of penalty assessment revenues to the benefits generated by these funds, discusses briefly some of the advantages and disadvantages of increased reliance on penalty assessments as a financing mechanism, and examines alternate sources of financing available to programs currently funded by penalty assessments.


Administering the Sales and Use Tax

December 1, 1987 - In this report, we describe the perceived problems that led to the enactment of Chapter 1728, and attempt to assess the underlying causes of those problems. Second, we examine whether it would be feasible to exempt new products from taxation, and whether such an exemption would improve the current administration of the sales and use tax. Finally, we analyze the feasibility and costeffectiveness of collecting information concerning specific taxpayer transactions, and the best means of protecting the confidentiality of such information.


A Perspective on Bond Financing

December 1, 1987 - This report deals with the general subject of bond financing, including the policy factors which the Legislature must consider regarding the use of bonds.


Major Financial Legislation Enacted in 1987

November 1, 1987 - This report summarizes the fiscal effects of legislation enacted during the 1987 Regular Session of the California Legislature, and the November Special Session called by the Governor.


The Better Automotive Repair Program: Review of a Pilot Project

September 1, 1987 - This report was prepared pursuant to Chapter 815, Statutes of 1982 (as amended by Chapter 703,Statutes of 1985), which requires the Legislative Analyst to submit a report to the Legislature evaluating the program effectiveness and costs of the Better Automotive Repair Program. This program is a pilot project for the voluntary certification of automotive repair garages.


A Review of the State's Plan to Integrate Hazardous Materials Databases

September 1, 1987 - This report contains our findings and recommendations regarding the hazardous materials integrated data system proposed by the Environmental Affairs Agency (EAA) pursuant to the review requirements specified in Ch 1559/85 (AB 2184).