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August 1, 1983 - This report summarizes the fiscal effect of (1) the Budget Act for 1983-84 (SB 123)and (2) other legislation on which the budget is premised, including AB 223 and SB 813. The report shows what effect the expeditures and revenues authorized by these acts will have on the condition of the General Fund and special funds. It also compares the appropriations contained in the Budget Act with the provisions of the various "trailer" or "companion" bills which accompanied the Budget Act.
June 13, 1983 - Comparison of assembly and senate versions of SB 813 versus budget adopted by Conference Committee action to date as measured over Governor's proposed 1983-84 budget. Major difference between assembly and senate versions of SB 813 concerning:
June 9, 1983 - A report on the two versions of the budget bill and the issues facing the legislature. Exhibits include: (A) Condition of the General Fund, (B) Comparison of the Assembly and Senate Version by Major Program, (C) Major Issues to be Addressed by Conferees, (D) Issues with Differences Exceeding $5 Million, (E) COLA Table, (F) Tidelands Oil Revenue Distribution, (G) General Fund Expenditures by Agency Areas, (H) Personnel-Years, and (I) One-Time Revenues and Transfers.
May 13, 1983 - Keynote Speech to the Independent Cities Association's Twenty-Third Annual Seminar on the nature of state-city relations in California. Legislative Analyst Bill Hamm describes the fiscal context in which decisions on the 1983-84 state budget will be made, and what this context implies for fiscal relief. He also goes beyond the budget to discuss the nature of the state's relationship with the 432 cities in California, including the 44 represented by the Independent Cities Association.
May 1, 1983 - The authority to approve business travel by a state employee generally is vested in the employee's department. Once the trip has been approved, the employee or a designated department staff member makes the arrangements for the employee's transportation and accommodation needs. This decentralized approach to state employee travel was questioned during legislative deliberations on the budget for 1982-83. As a result, the Legislature included in SB 1326--the budget companion bill--a provision requiring the Legislative Analyst's office to report on the transportation needs of state employees and the feasibility and desirability of establishing "travel centers" in the Department of General Services. In response to the requirement contained in SB 1326, we conducted a study of alternatives for arranging travel by state employees in a more cost-effective manner, including the use of travel centers.
May 1, 1983 - The Supplemental Report of the 1982 Budget Act requires the Legislative Analyst to review the increase in personnel and expenditures for the five cabinet-level state agencies. These five agencies are: the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the Health and Welfare Agency, the Resources Agency, the State and Consumer Services Agency, and the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency. In addition, the Supplemental Report directs the Analyst to identify that portion of the growth in personnel expenditures which can be attributed to statutorily established activities and that portion resulting from administratively established activities. This report was prepared in response to the requirement contained in the Supplemental Report.
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.