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The 2019-20 Budget: Increasing Compliance With Unclaimed Property Law

March 15, 2019 - California requires banks, insurance companies, and many other businesses (called “holders”) to report and transfer to the state personal property considered abandoned by owners—this is called unclaimed property. Holder compliance with unclaimed property law is very low—likely around 1 percent. To address this problem, the Governor’s budget proposes allocating resources to the State Controller's Office (SCO) for more audits of potential holders. We agree with the Governor’s goal to increase holder compliance. However, the scale of SCO’s audits cannot address the vast holder under-compliance rate. To try to significantly increase holder compliance, this report presents policy options for legislative consideration.

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Overview of Proposition 98 Budget Proposals

March 14, 2019 - Presented to: Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

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The 2019-20 Budget: Aligning the State’s IT Project Approval Process With the Annual Budget Process

March 14, 2019 - In this post, we describe how the California Department of Technology’s (CDT) information technology (IT) project approval process—known as the Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL)—does not always align with the state’s annual budget process. We identify seven funding requests in the Governor’s 2019-20 proposed budget for IT project proposals that are currently in various stages of the PAL process. We then describe how these requests for project funding prior to the completion of the PAL planning process may inhibit the Legislature from fully realizing the anticipated benefits of the PAL process, discuss how some project-specific factors can cause misalignment of the budget cycle and PAL, and provide issues for legislative consideration.

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The 2019-20 Budget: Office of Emergency Services

March 13, 2019 - In this report, we assess the Governor’s 2019‑20 budget proposals for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES).

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Overview of Charter Schools in California

March 12, 2019 - Presented to: Charter Task Force

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CalSTRS Pension Proposals

March 12, 2019 - Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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Overview of the Academic Accountability System for School Districts

March 12, 2019 - Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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Update on REAL ID Implementation and DMV Operations

March 12, 2019 - Senate Committee on Transportation

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The 2019-20 Budget: Assessing the Governor's 1991 Realignment Proposals

March 8, 2019 - This report evaluates the changes the Governor proposes and assesses whether the changes better position 1991 realignment to achieve its intended benefits and meet the principles of a successful state-county fiscal partnership we identified in our October report.

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Overview of Education Proposals

March 7, 2019 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

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Overview of Proposition 68

March 7, 2019 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review, Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation

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Considering Options to Expand Paid Family Leave in California

March 7, 2019 - California's current paid family leave program, implemented in 2004, provides up to six weeks of partial wage replacement to workers who take time off to bond with a new child or care for an ill family member. In the 2019-20 Governor's Budget, the Governor included a conceptual proposal to expand paid family leave and make the program more flexible. In this handout, we describe the major features of the state's current paid family leave program and compare it to programs in other states and countries. We then outline potential options to expand paid family leave. Finally, we provide a preliminary assessment of the potential effects of such expansions.

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Overview of Wildfire Budget and Technology Proposals

March 6, 2019 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization and Senate Committee on Governmental Organization

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The Property Tax Postponement Program

March 6, 2019 - The Select Committee on Social Determinants of Children’s Well-Being

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Overview of Higher Education Proposals

March 6, 2019 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance