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K-12 Education

August 13, 1990 - This issue memo provides an overview of 1990-91 funding for K-12 education. It was prepared to assist the Legislature in reviewing the Governor's set-aside proposals during the balance of the legislative session.

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Revenue Options for the 1990-91 Budget

June 6, 1990 - This document provides a review of 14 revenue options that could be put into effect for the 1990-91 fiscal year. It was prepared at the request of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, in order to assist the Committee's review of its fiscal choices for the 1990-91 Budget.

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California's Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

May 1, 1990 - In 1989 the Legislature enacted legislation (58 726, L. Greene) to continue the state low-income housing tax credit program as long as a related federal program exists. That legislation also requires the Legislative Analyst's Office to evaluate the effectiveness of this program. This policy brief provides the evaluation, and makes recommendations for changes to improve the program's effectiveness.

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Year-Round School Incentive Programs: An Evaluation

April 1, 1990 - This report is submitted pursuant to Chapter 886, Statutes of 1986 (SB 327, Leroy Greene). Chapter 886, the Greene-Hughes School Facilities Act of 1986, made numerous changes and additions to the state's school facilities aid program. One such provision established a financial incentive payment program for qualified school districts operating year-round schools because of overcrowding. This program was in addition to a separate year-round incentive program established in 1984-85 by Chapter 498, Statutes of 1983 (SB 813, Hart). Chapter 886 also requires the Legislative Analyst to report to the Legislature regarding the value of year-round education incentive funding pursuant to this act in reducing the need for school facility construction.

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A Review of the Governor's Housing Initiative

March 1, 1990 - In January 1990, the Governor announced a $2 billion home loan initiative to increase home ownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers. In March, two legislative measures were introduced to establish part of the program. In the following analysis we describe the Governor’s proposal, identify the likely beneficiaries, discuss its fiscal effects, and identify the policy choices which this proposal presents to the Legislature.

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Review of the Bank and Corporation Tax Exemption For International Banking Facilities

February 1, 1990 - Review of the Bank and Corporation Tax Exemption For International Banking Facilities

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A Perspective on Housing in California

January 1, 1990 - The purpose of this report is to provide the Legislature with an overview of housing in California, including information that will assist it in making decisions that will affect the future performance of the state's housing market and thus the economy generally.

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California Maritime Academy: Options for the Legislature

January 1, 1990 - The purpose of this review of the California Maritime Academy (CMA) is to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the academy and to determine whether alternative approaches for carrying out the academy's mission should be considered. This report contains four chapters. In the first chapter, we provide a brief history of the academy and a description of its program and operations. The second chapter consists of an analysis of the cost-effectiveness of the academy. Chapter III examines several alternatives to continuation of the current level of state support for the CMA. Finally, the last chapter contains our conclusions and a recommendation.

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AIDS Education in Correctional Facilities: A Review

January 1, 1990 - This report is submitted in response to Chapter 1579, Statutes of 1988 (Senate Bill 1913, Presley). Chapter 1579 requires the Legislative Analyst's Office to determine whether the Department of Corrections (CDC) and the Department of the Youth Authority (CYA) have adequate education, prevention, and treatment programs related to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and whether the programs are being properly implemented. Additionally, the law requires the Legislative Analyst's Office to assess the quality of AIDS education and prevention programs in county and city jails.

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Bonds and the 1990 Ballots

January 1, 1990 - One of the more significant issues facing the Legislature during the next several months will be to decide what bond measures it should place on the June and November statewide ballots for voter approval. This decision is important because bonds are the principal means by which the state's infrastructure needs are currently being financed, and a large and growing inventory of unmet infrastructure needs exists. How well the state's infrastructure needs are addressed will be a principal determinant of the future health of the state's economy and the quality of life for many Californians in the years to come.

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County Fiscal Distress—A Look at Butte County

December 1, 1989 - The purpose of this policy brief is to provide the Legislature with a context for considering proposals to address Butte County's fiscal problems. The analysis is based on a review of Butte County's past financial transactions and its 1989-90 final budget. Our intent is to explain the basic fiscal trends underlying Butte's current condition, not to evaluate management of the county or past policy decisions made by county officials.

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Recommendations for Changes in The Reimbursements of Homicide Trails

July 1, 1989 - Recommendations for Changes in The Reimbursements of Homicide Trails

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The Child Development Program: A Sunset Review

February 1, 1989 - This report is submitted pursuant to the "sunset" review procedures enacted by Chapter 1270, Statutes of 1983 (Senate Bill 1155). The first chapter of this report provides an overview of the child development programs. Chapter II provides our findings and recommendations on program issues related to the child development programs. Chapter III provides our findings and recommendations on fiscal issues related to the programs. Chapter IV contains our comments on recommendations made by the SDE in its sunset review report.

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State Reimbursement of Mandated Costs: A Review of Statutes Funded in 1988

January 1, 1989 - 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 1485, Statutes of 1988.

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Federal Welfare Reform in California: A Review of the Family Support Act of 1988

January 1, 1989 - This report reviews the federal Family Support Act of 1988, the major welfare reform legislation recently enacted by Congress. The report discusses each provision of the Family Support Act (FSA) that (1) requires either a significant change in current California law or practice or (2) provides the state with a new programmatic option. Each discussion describes the new provision, indicates when the state must implement the provision, describes how the provision differs from current state law, and outlines the issue that it presents to the Legislature. In most cases, we recommend a course of action for the Legislature to take to implement the provision.