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California Update: Federal Awards for California’s Defense Conversion

December 1, 1993 - California Update: Federal Awards for California’s Defense Conversion

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California Update: Superior Court Invalidates Proposition 98 Funding Shifts

November 1, 1993 - California Update: Superior Court Invalidates Proposition 98 Funding Shifts

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Performance Budgeting: Reshaping The State’s Budget Process

October 25, 1993 - Performance Budgeting: Reshaping The State’s Budget Process

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Common Cents—Background Material on State and Local Government Finances

October 1, 1993 - Common Cents—Background Material on State and Local Government Finances

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California Update: Per Pupil Funding Under Proposition 98: What Do the Coming Years Hold?

October 1, 1993 - California Update: Per Pupil Funding Under Proposition 98: What Do the Coming Years Hold?

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Golden Handshake Legislation in 1993

August 20, 1993 - The Legislature is considering legislation that would enhance early retirement incentives, otherwise known as "golden handshakes." In this document, we review concepts, current law, and pending legislation regarding golden handshakes. If the Legislature concludes that additional golden handshake authority is needed, we believe the Legislature should consider the steps outlined below as ways to assure accomplishing its policy goals.

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Federal Budget Plan—California Impacts

August 1, 1993 - Federal Budget Plan—California Impacts

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California Update: 1993-94 Budget Enacted

July 1, 1993 - California Update: 1993-94 Budget Enacted

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1993-94 Budget Enacted; Economic and Revenue Developments

July 1, 1993 - 1993-94 Budget Enacted; Economic and Revenue Developments

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Local Sales Taxes—What Role Can They Play in the 1993-94 State Budget?

June 1, 1993 - In this brief, we review the existing authority of counties to raise the local sales tax, and the viability of this proposed method for offsetting the county revenue losses associated with the proposed property tax shift. As we concluded in our May Revision analysis, the proposals to offset county property tax revenue losses fall short. The revenue likely to be generated from additional local sales taxes—if these taxes are put on the ballot, passed by the voters, and survive likely legal challenges—would offset less than 20 percent of counties’ revenue loss, on average, in 1993-94.

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Legislature Passes 1993-94 Budget

June 1, 1993 - Legislature Passes 1993-94 Budget

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Making Government Make Sense: Applying the Concept in 1993-94

May 1, 1993 - We propose realigning responsibility for various state and local programs. It is our belief that the proposal enhances the flexibility of counties and their control of program operations. We provide an alternative that accomplishes both objectives. Our proposal saves $1.4 billion in state costs by shifting various program costs to counties (consistent with our overall restructuring model), and funds these added local costs through the extension of the half cent sales tax on a transitional basis.

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Reform of Categorical Education Programs: Principles and Recommendations

April 1, 1993 - This report identifies problems with the existing system of categorical programs, establishes principles the Legislature should use in reforming categorical programs, and recommends consolidation and restructuring of a number of programs based on these principles.

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Deferred Maintenance in State Facilities

March 1, 1993 - This reprint from our Analysis of the 1993-94 Budget Bill discusses the problem of deferred maintenance in state facilities. State agencies that control significant state assets have developed a deferred maintenance backlog totaling $820 million. In general, this backlog has occurred due to the underfunding of ongoing maintenance and special repair projects and the redirection of monies budgeted for maintenance to other activities. Failure to address this backlog will shorten the useful life of state facilities and result in more costly expenditures for renovation or replacement. We make recommendations to prevent any further redirection of maintenance funding and to require the state agencies to prepare multi-year strategies to properly address their maintenance and to eliminate deferred maintenance backlogs.

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California’s Growing Prison Population—The Current Situation

January 5, 1993 - The California Department of Corrections (CDC) is one of the largest and fastest-growing departments in state government. The department spends about 90 percent of its budget—2.5 billion in 1992-93—on the operation of the state's prison system. As of December 1992, there were 109,141 inmates in state prison (almost double the system's design capacity). In this report, we assess the CDC's recent projections of the prison inmate population and discuss their fiscal implications.