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State Reimbursement of Mandated Local Costs: A Review of Statutes Funded in 1987

April 1, 1988 - Chapter 1256, Statutes of 1980, requires the Legislative Analyst to report each year on any previously unfunded state mandates for which the Legislature appropriated funds in a claims bill during the prior fiscal year. This report reviews those mandates initially funded by Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1987.

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The Gifted and Talented Education Program: A Sunset Review

April 1, 1988 - This report, submitted pursuant to the "sunset" review provisions of Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1983 (Senate Bill 1155), contains our findings and recommendations regarding the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.

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State Bar of California: Analysis of 1988 Legislation to Increase Member Dues

April 1, 1988 - In order to assist the Legislature in its review process, this report analyzes two expenditure plans proposed by the bar in pending legislation. Our analysis examines each expenditure plan separately. The first chapter, which describes the expenditures proposed in conjunction with AB 4391, includes expenditures from the bar's General Fund and six special funds. The second chapter, which details the expenditures proposed in support of SB 1498, focuses on the proposed enhancements to the discipline program. The Appendix identifies the combined support of both proposals on the level of bar members' fees from 1989 through 1991.

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Analysis of the 1987-88 Tax Expenditure Budget

January 1, 1988 - The objective of this report is to provide the Legislature with information which will enable it to subject tax expenditure programs to the same ongoing scrutiny that direct expenditure programs receive, thereby facilitating the development of proposals to renew, modify, or delete individual tax expenditure programs in conjunction with the regular budget process.

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The Safe Drinking Water Bond Program: A Review

January 1, 1988 - The Safe Drinking Water Bond program provides grants and low-interest loans to assist local water suppliers in meeting minimum drinking water standards. This report presents our findings and recommendations regarding the bond program as required by Section 13819(d) of the Water Code, which was added by the Safe Drinking Water Bond Law of 1984 (Ch 378/84).

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The Public Utilities Commission: A Review of Regulatory Fee Funding

January 1, 1988 - This report is submitted pursuant to Chapter 323, Statutes of 1983. This legislation requires the Legislative Analyst to (1) evaluate the effectiveness of regulatory fees as a method of funding the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and (2) recommend whether regulatory fee funding for the PUC should be continued, amended, or repealed. Chapter 1 describes the PUC's regulatory fee system. Chapter 2 provides the major arguments for and against the use of regulatory fees and contains our recommendation on the commission's ongoing funding source. Chapter 3 describes other issues related to the PUC's regulatory fee structure.

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The Trial Court Funding Program: Financial Implications

January 1, 1988 - Our focus in this report is the identification of the Trial Court Funding Program's financial implications, both in the short term and in the long term. These financial implications are significant, and it may be appropriate for the Legislature to consider modifications to the measure in order to increase its effectiveness. In addition, our review of the measure indicates that there are a number of provisions where the Legislature's intent is not clear, or where additional legislative action may be necessary to clarify the technical provisions of the measure or to make them more effective in carrying out their purposes.

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Penalty Assessments: A Review of Their Use as a Financing Mechanism

January 1, 1988 - This report compares the sources of penalty assessment revenues to the benefits generated by these funds, discusses briefly some of the advantages and disadvantages of increased reliance on penalty assessments as a financing mechanism, and examines alternate sources of financing available to programs currently funded by penalty assessments.

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A Perspective on Bond Financing

December 1, 1987 - This report deals with the general subject of bond financing, including the policy factors which the Legislature must consider regarding the use of bonds.

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The Better Automotive Repair Program: Review of a Pilot Project

September 1, 1987 - This report was prepared pursuant to Chapter 815, Statutes of 1982 (as amended by Chapter 703,Statutes of 1985), which requires the Legislative Analyst to submit a report to the Legislature evaluating the program effectiveness and costs of the Better Automotive Repair Program. This program is a pilot project for the voluntary certification of automotive repair garages.

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A Review of the State's Plan to Integrate Hazardous Materials Databases

September 1, 1987 - This report contains our findings and recommendations regarding the hazardous materials integrated data system proposed by the Environmental Affairs Agency (EAA) pursuant to the review requirements specified in Ch 1559/85 (AB 2184).

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The School Improvement Program: A Sunset Review

July 1, 1987 - This report, submitted pursuant to the "sunset" review provisions of Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1983 (Senate Bill 1155), contains our findings and recommendations regarding the School Improvement Program (SIP). The SIP provides additional funding for participating elementary and secondary schools to spend in accordance with a plan and budget developed by local school site councils.

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The Feasibility of Replacing the Homeowners' Exemption With an Income Tax Credit

June 1, 1987 - Resolution Chapter 100, Statutes of 1984 (SCR 19), requires the Legislative Analyst to study the feasibility of transferring the administration of the homeowners' exemption to the state Franchise Tax Board. Chapter I of this report discusses the present administrative procedure, and our estimates of the cost incurred by county governments on a statewide basis. In Chapter II, we examine several alternative ways of implementing the transfer of administrative duties, and discuss the fiscal and other implications of the most feasible alternative in detail.

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The Native American Indian Early Childhood Education Program: A Sunset Review

June 1, 1987 - This report contains our findings and recommendations regarding the Native American Indian Early Childhood Education program pursuant to the "sunset" review procedures enacted by Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1983 (Senate Bill 1155). The program was established to improve the educational accomplishments of rural Native American Indian students in pre-kindergarten through grade 4.

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The Economic Impact Aid Program: A Sunset Review

June 1, 1987 - This report is submitted pursuant to the "sunset" review procedures enacted by Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1983 (Senate Bill 1155). Chapter 1270 provided for termination of the Economic Impact Aid (EIA) program on June 30, 1986. Chapter 1318, Statutes of 1984 (Senate Bill 1858), which became operative on January 1, 1985, extended that date to June 30, 1987.