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A Review of Funding Alternatives for The Commission on Teacher Credentialing

December 1, 1985 - The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is supported entirely by fee revenue, most of which is derived from credential and examination fees. These fees have generated adequate revenues to finance the commission in the past, but in recent years they have failed to keep pace with the commission's funding needs. Recognizing this problem, the Legislature (in the Supplemental Report of the 1984 Budget Act) directed the Legislative Analyst to examine alternatives to the present system for funding the commission. This report was prepared in response to the Legislature's directive. It (1) identifies options for funding the operations of the commission, (2) evaluates these options, and (3) provides our recommendations.

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Alternative Energy Equipment Investments: The Effects of Rapid Amortization

December 1, 1985 - Assembly Bill 2893 required the Legislative Analyst's office to submit to the Legislature a report on alternative energy equipment investments in California. This report must evaluate the measure's effects on both state revenues and taxpayers, determine the conditions under which the investment incentive of rapid amortization is maximized, and provide data on the number and kind of alternative energy equipment facilities that have been established in California.

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An Analysis of California's Weights and Measures Programs

December 1, 1985 - Senate Concurrent Resolution 30 (Resolution Ch 117/83-McCorquodale), directs the Legislative Analyst to study and report to the Legislature on the activities of the county sealers and the CDFA in carrying out the state's weights and measures laws. This report was prepared in response to the directive contained in SCR 30.

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Assessment of Weight Fees on Farm Vehicles in California

September 1, 1985 - Recognizing the importance of assuring that highway costs are financed in an equitable manner, the Legislature adopted Resolution Chapter 119, Statutes of 1982 (ACR 112). This resolution requested that the Legislative Analyst's Office (1) develop information which can be used by the Legislature to determine the most cost-effective method for assessing weight fees on farm vehicles, and (2) report its findings to the Legislature. This report responds to the Legislature's request contained in ACR 112.

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A Review of California's Child Support Enforcement Program

September 1, 1985 - This report reviews California's Child Support Enforcement program and the prospects for increasing support payments. The first chapter describes the structure of California's Child Support Enforcement program, recent collection experience, and the prospects for growth in collections under current practices. Chapter II describes the recent federal law revisions in this program and the expected effect of these changes on collections in California. Chapter III presents an analysis of county collections in 1982-83 and reviews what is known about effective Child Support Enforcement programs. Finally, Chapter IV discusses several actions California could take to increase its collections.

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An Evaluation of the Institute of Computer Technology

September 1, 1985 - The Institute of Computer Technology (ICT) was established in 1982 by three school districts in Santa Clara County—Sunnyvale Elementary, Fremont Union High School, and Los Gatos Joint Union High School. The purpose of the institute is to provide education and training in computer technology for children and adults.

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Allocation of Urban Impact Aid: A Review

September 1, 1985 - The Urban Impact Aid (UIA) program was established by Chapter 894, Statutes of 1977 (AB 65), in order to compensate certain urban school districts for the higher costs that some believe are associated with providing education in an urban setting.

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A Report on the Child Care Reimbursement System

July 1, 1985 - A Report on the Child Care Reimbursement System

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Cogeneration Equipment Investments: The Effects of Rapid Amortization

June 1, 1985 - In 1980, the California Legislature enacted AB 1404 (Chapter 1328, Statutes of 1980), which shortened the time period over which certain cogeneration equipment can be depreciated for California tax purposes. Specifically, AB 1404 provides that certain cogeneration equipment placed in service before January 1, 1986, can be depreciated over either a one-year or five-year period when the equipment is located in-state, and over a five-year period when the equipment is located out-of-state. Prior to AB 1404, the amortization period for cogeneration equipment corresponded to the useful economic life of the equipment. This could be as much as 20 years or more.

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An Analysis of California's Tax Credit for Solar-Powered Irrigation Pumping Systems

May 1, 1985 - Chapter 906, Statutes of 1980 (SB 1687), established a special state tax credit to encourage the installation of solar-powered irrigation pumping systems. This report has been prepared in response to the requirement set forth in Chapter 906. The report (1) describes solar-powered irrigation pumps; (2) summarizes existing state and federal tax provisions aimed at encouraging their installation; (3) analyzes the basic economics and cost-effectiveness of these systems, and (4) discusses both the costs to the state and the statewide benefits resulting from the tax credit.

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Child Welfare Services: A Review of the Effects of the 1982 Reforms on Abused and Neglected Children and Their Families

May 1, 1985 - Chapter 978, Statutes of 1982 (S8 14), restructured and expanded the child welfare system in California, in an effort to protect more effectively the welfare of children whose needs are not being met in their natural home environment. Chapter 978 also required the Legislative Analyst to report on the success of the new programs in meeting these objectives. This report is intended to satisfy that requirement. In Chapter I, we describe the intent of SB 14 and the way in which the measure was intended to improve services to abused and neglected children and their families. In Chapter II, we describe the implementation of the measure. In Chapters III and IV we present our conclusions regarding the effect of SB 14 on children and families in California. The last chapter contains our recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the child welfare services program.

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An Analysis of Findings From the San Diego Job Search and Work Experience Demonstration Program

May 1, 1985 - The San Diego Job Search and Work Experience Demonstration program was established in 1982 for the purpose of determining the impact that specific employment services have on applicants for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The demonstration program was conducted by the San Diego County welfare department in cooperation with the state departments of Employment Development (EDD) and Social Services (DSS), and was evaluated by the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC).

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State Reimbursement of Mandated Costs: A Review of Statutes Funded Between September 1983 and September 1984

March 1, 1985 - 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 funded initially in one of the following three claims bills: (A) Ch 1052/83 (SB 1274), (B) Ch 96/84 (AB 504), and (C) Ch 1436/84 (AB 2961.

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Report of the Legislative Analyst for Fiscal Years 1982-83 and 1983-84

March 1, 1985 - This report summarizes the activities of the Legislative Analyst's office during fiscal years 1982-83 and 1983-84.

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Administration of the Insurance Tax Program: A Case for Limited Reform

February 1, 1985 - As a result of questions raised by state agencies and legislative staff regarding the administration of the insurance tax, the Legislature enacted Ch 994/80. That measure requires the Legislative Analyst to review the present administrative arrangement and recommend revisions to existing law and procedures. This report was prepared in response to the requirement contained in Chapter 994. Chapter I of the report provides the reader with a description of the insurance tax and how it is applied. Chapter II describes the mechanisms for administering the tax that are now in place. Chapter III seeks to answer the question of whether the audit program, as currently structured, maximizes insurance tax revenue collections. Chapter IV presents our recommendations for legislative action that would address the system's shortcomings.