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August 17, 2023 - In this post, we assess the Governor’s proposed bond for behavioral health facilities and housing for veterans.
August 16, 2023 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Health
August 10, 2023 - In this post, we evaluate the impact of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Modernization proposal on Mental Health Services Act spending by counties on children and youth mental health services.
August 8, 2023 - The Legislature recently adopted a package of bills aimed at expediting infrastructure projects. In this post, we provide a summary of the key components of the bills that comprise this infrastructure package, including provisions related to legislative oversight. We conclude by identifying key issues for the Legislature to consider as it oversees the implementation of this legislation.
July 14, 2023 - Review of Recent Department of Social Services Housing and Homelessness Augmentations
July 13, 2023 - In this post, we analyze how county spending may change under the Governor’s proposed changes to the Mental Health Services Act’s funding categories.
July 13, 2023 - In this post, we evaluate the changes in the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission’s role and responsibilities under the Governor’s proposal.
July 13, 2023 - In this post, we analyze the revenue volatility of MHSA funding as well as the impact of the Governor’s proposed reduction in allowable county reserves.
June 27, 2023 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review
June 23, 2023 - Presented to: Committee on Revision of the Penal Code
June 14, 2023 - Chapter 837 of 2019 (SB 34, Wiener) established new tax exemptions for donations of medicinal cannabis. The law directs our office to submit an annual report containing data on three outcomes related to the exemptions: the number of medicinal cannabis patients served, the amount of medicinal cannabis products donated, and the amount of tax revenue lost. This report fulfills that statutory requirement for 2022.
June 14, 2023 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review
June 8, 2023 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water
May 30, 2023 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Health Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services
May 24, 2023 - As part of the May Revision, the Governor proposed amending Section 19826 of the Government Code to establish a biennial compensation report for state employees. This post is our analysis of the Governor’s proposal.