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December 28, 1992 - Los Angeles Unified School District: An Analysis of the 1992-93 Budget
October 8, 1992 - This fact sheet provides a 10-year funding history of K-12 education, updated to reflect the 1992 Budget Act and chaptered trailer legislation.
July 3, 1992 - In this report, we explain the current status of the Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee, and review how other budget proposals that have already been advanced would affect the level of the guarantee for 1992-93. Finally, we discuss other options that may be considered to generate savings for 1992-93.
July 3, 1992 - Proposition 98--A Brief Look at the Current Situation
January 21, 1992 - Paperwork Reduction in Schools
January 1, 1992 - In order to bring revenues and spending into balance on a permanent basis, the Legislature will need to make significant reductions in spending on major programs, as well as reexamine the coverage and structure of the state's tax system. An early start is needed to lay the groundwork for these difficult decisions. The purpose of this document is to provide the Legislature with a variety of spending and revenue options that can begin this process.
January 1, 1992 - The Legislature faces critical decisions on the bond package to be placed on the 1992 ballots. In this policy brief, we discuss the many considerations involved in making these decisions in light of the large magnitude of the state's infrastructure needs.
December 19, 1991 - A Review of the State Bar Court
December 1, 1991 - This policy brief presents an overview of the State's short-term and long-term fiscal problems.
November 21, 1991 - Despite heavy rains in March 1991, California continues to face a serious near-term water problem resulting from five years of drought. In fact, the amount of water in storage on October 1, 1991 was about equal to the amount in storage one year ago—a year in which strict conservation measures were imposed in some areas and there were significant reductions in water supplies for many agricultural users. In this paper, we provide background information on California's water system, the impact of the drought, water needs in the future, and legislative options for coping with water supply limitations.
October 10, 1991 - Local Housing Elements and State Housing Bonds: A Report on Housing Activities in Communities Applying for State Bond Funds
September 3, 1991 - We recommend various steps to improve the performance of the DFG Department of Fish and Game.
August 21, 1991 - Over the past 10 years, total funding for K-12 education has increased significantly — growing from $12.7 billion in 1982-83 to $27 billion in 1991-92. After adjusting for inflation, the 1991 Budget Act results in a level of total funding per unit of average daily attendance (ADA) in 1991-92 that is 13 percent higher than the level of per-ADA funding in 1982-83, the year immediately prior to the enactment of SB 813 (the state’s major school funding and reform measure). In this issue paper we identify the major sources of this education funding growth and the specific uses to which school districts have put these funds, focusing on those program areas that have grown at higher-than-average rates.
May 24, 1991 - Proposition 99 (November 1988), the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act, established a new surtax on cigarettes and tobacco products, thereby generating about $1.5 billion in new revenues for expenditure in 1989-90 and 1990-91. Assembly Bill 75 (Ch 1331/89, Isenberg) allocated the vast majority of these funds. Our review suggests that the major departments responsible for the implementation of AB 75 have generally made reasonable progress in the past two years in implementing the health services and health education programs the act established, although some programs are still experiencing delays in payments or are underutilizing the funds that are available. Our review also indicates that there is currently little data available with which to evaluate the effectiveness of programs.
May 22, 1991 - The purpose of this issue paper is to assist the Legislature in understanding the organizational and policy issues surrounding the state's environmental programs, and in evaluating how the specific reorganization proposals address these issues. In this paper we discuss how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's environmental protection efforts through changes in the organization of environmental programs and through changes in the process for setting environmental protection priorities.