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February 1, 1985 - (189 Pages, 9 MB) Due to the continued expansion of the California economy, the Governor has been able to present the Legislature with a budget for 1985-86 that provides for both significant expansions in state-funded services and a healthy reserve for contingencies. In terms of purchasing power, the level of General Fund revenues projected for 1985-86 is 1.3 percent higher than the level of revenues estimated for the current year. Because a substantial portion of these revenues will not have to be used to replenish the reserve, as was necessary in the current year, expenditures can grow by even more—almost 3.9 percent. Thus, the short-term outlook for the state's General Fund is reasonably bright. Here, we provide a brief overview of the state's fiscal condition in 1984 and 1985, discuss the state's budgetary prospects beyond the upcoming fiscal year, and provide a more detailed discussion of revenues and expenditures.
February 1, 1985 - In the Analysis of the 1985-86 Budget Bill, we report the results of our detailed examination of the Governor's spending proposals for the coming fiscal year. This document summarizes, by program area, the principal findings and recommendations set forth in the Analysis. It also shows how approval of these recommendations would affect the state's fiscal condition.
February 1, 1985 - As a result of questions raised by state agencies and legislative staff regarding the administration of the insurance tax, the Legislature enacted Ch 994/80. That measure requires the Legislative Analyst to review the present administrative arrangement and recommend revisions to existing law and procedures. This report was prepared in response to the requirement contained in Chapter 994. Chapter I of the report provides the reader with a description of the insurance tax and how it is applied. Chapter II describes the mechanisms for administering the tax that are now in place. Chapter III seeks to answer the question of whether the audit program, as currently structured, maximizes insurance tax revenue collections. Chapter IV presents our recommendations for legislative action that would address the system's shortcomings.
February 1, 1985 - State and Local Borrowing
February 1, 1985 - The California State Lottery--An Overview
February 1, 1985 - Asbestos Abatement
February 1, 1985 - University of California: Teaching Hospitals
February 1, 1985 - Transfer centers can be effective in increasing the transfer of students between the community colleges and four-year colleges. Nevertheless, our analysis of the Governor's transfer center proposal has identified two problems with it. First, the tripartite approach would require a good deal of coordination. Second, project ASSIST appears to be overfunded and resources are requested for it in the wrong budgets.
February 1, 1985 - The Condition of The State's Infrastructure
February 1, 1985 - Regulation of Financial Services
February 1, 1985 - Comparable Worth
January 1, 1985 - This report contains a summary of recommendations for new legislation made by the Legislative Analyst's Office. Each of the recommendations contained in the report is discussed in greater detail in the specific Analysis or report which is referenced. This report (1) summarizes our analysis of the issues involved, (2) outlines the contents of the legislation recommended, and (3) presents our estimate of the fiscal effect that such legislation would have if enacted.
January 1, 1985 - The state Department of Personnel Administration (DPA) is in the process of implementing administratively a federal tax provision allowing the state to "pick up" mandatory employee retirement contributions. Implementation of the pickup program would result in increased take-home pay to state employees—due primarily to reduced federal tax liabilities—at no direct cost to the state. In this report, we examine the fiscal and policy implications of implementing the pickup program.
January 1, 1985 - This report reviews the implementation of Chapter 1183, Statutes of 1981, which authorizes the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to provide state subsidies to assist in the development and operation of intercity and commuter rail services in California.
January 1, 1985 - This report reviews the effectiveness of the Work Incentive (WIN) program, which is designed to help recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) find jobs.