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October 21, 1983 - Transcript of the introduction and observations of a panel discussion led by Legislative Analyst Bill Hamm on federal retrenchment and state management. Bill includes four observations as follows. (1) The states' management of the retrenchment process—particularly in terms of the transition from categoricals to block grants—has been a solid success. (2) The relationship between federal and state tax policies is not what many of us were led to believe. (3) Faced with the inevitability of federal retrenchment, state governments have done a poor job of articulating what's really important to them and what isn't. (4) More and more, state management of federal, as well as state, money is being limited by the courts.
October 20, 1983 - Statement to the Senate Education Committee on the need for a long-term policy toward University of California and California State University tuition and fees, the criteria that could be used in setting tuition and fees, and the process that should be followed in adjusting tuition and/or fees.
October 1, 1983 - This Report (1) describes the current funding system for state and local air pollution control activities in California, (2) evaluates the system on the basis of three criteria--consistency, efficiency, and stability, and (3) proposes an alternative financing system for legislative consideration.
September 13, 1983 - Statement to the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on SB 422 which appropriates $172.5 million for projects intended to increase the capacity of the state's correctional system. Remarks on SB 422 and the problem it addresses in a broader context and what the Legislature can expect to be accomplished if SB 422 is enacted in its current form.
August 8, 1983 - NCSL Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, National Association of Legislative Fiscal Officers—Transportation Funding.
August 1, 1983 - This report summarizes the fiscal effect of (1) the Budget Act for 1983-84 (SB 123)and (2) other legislation on which the budget is premised, including AB 223 and SB 813. The report shows what effect the expeditures and revenues authorized by these acts will have on the condition of the General Fund and special funds. It also compares the appropriations contained in the Budget Act with the provisions of the various "trailer" or "companion" bills which accompanied the Budget Act.
June 13, 1983 - Comparison of assembly and senate versions of SB 813 versus budget adopted by Conference Committee action to date as measured over Governor's proposed 1983-84 budget. Major difference between assembly and senate versions of SB 813 concerning:
June 9, 1983 - A report on the two versions of the budget bill and the issues facing the legislature. Exhibits include: (A) Condition of the General Fund, (B) Comparison of the Assembly and Senate Version by Major Program, (C) Major Issues to be Addressed by Conferees, (D) Issues with Differences Exceeding $5 Million, (E) COLA Table, (F) Tidelands Oil Revenue Distribution, (G) General Fund Expenditures by Agency Areas, (H) Personnel-Years, and (I) One-Time Revenues and Transfers.
May 13, 1983 - Keynote Speech to the Independent Cities Association's Twenty-Third Annual Seminar on the nature of state-city relations in California. Legislative Analyst Bill Hamm describes the fiscal context in which decisions on the 1983-84 state budget will be made, and what this context implies for fiscal relief. He also goes beyond the budget to discuss the nature of the state's relationship with the 432 cities in California, including the 44 represented by the Independent Cities Association.
May 1, 1983 - The authority to approve business travel by a state employee generally is vested in the employee's department. Once the trip has been approved, the employee or a designated department staff member makes the arrangements for the employee's transportation and accommodation needs. This decentralized approach to state employee travel was questioned during legislative deliberations on the budget for 1982-83. As a result, the Legislature included in SB 1326--the budget companion bill--a provision requiring the Legislative Analyst's office to report on the transportation needs of state employees and the feasibility and desirability of establishing "travel centers" in the Department of General Services. In response to the requirement contained in SB 1326, we conducted a study of alternatives for arranging travel by state employees in a more cost-effective manner, including the use of travel centers.
May 1, 1983 - The Supplemental Report of the 1982 Budget Act requires the Legislative Analyst to review the increase in personnel and expenditures for the five cabinet-level state agencies. These five agencies are: the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the Health and Welfare Agency, the Resources Agency, the State and Consumer Services Agency, and the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency. In addition, the Supplemental Report directs the Analyst to identify that portion of the growth in personnel expenditures which can be attributed to statutorily established activities and that portion resulting from administratively established activities. This report was prepared in response to the requirement contained in the Supplemental Report.
April 29, 1983 - An analysis of the current system of public finance in California and the way in which control over decisions at the local level is exercised. Local governments have very little leeway in responding to the demands placed upon them by their citizens—even though the conventional wisdom holds local governments to be the most responsive level of government. Remarks on the extreme difficulty of balancing the interests of the community against those of the state as a whole.
April 1, 1983 - The Conference Committee on the 1982 Budget Bill added language to Section 4.00 requiring the Legislative Analyst and the California Information Technology Advisory Board to perform independent reviews of electronic data processing (EDP) control and uses in California state government, and to submit separate reports to the Legislature in January 1983. A copy of the specific language adopted by the Legislature is included in this report as Appendix A.
April 1, 1983 - Chapter 1256, Statutes of 1980, requires the Legislative Analyst to report annually on any previously unfunded mandates for which funding was provided by the Legislature in a claims bill during the prior fiscal year. This report reviews those mandates funded initially in one of the following three claims bills: (I) Ch 1090/81 (SB 1261), (2) Ch 28/82 (AB 171), and (3) Ch 1586/82 (AB 2675). These measures were enacted during the period June 30, 1981, through September 30, 1982.
March 1, 1983 - In order to fulfill our responsibilities under Chapter 375, we reviewed the board's report and evaluated the activities of the bureau staff by conducting on-site visits and interviews with licensees. We also met with members of the professional organizations subject to the provisions of the act. Our evaluation sought to develop answers to three questions: 1. How effective has the Board of Landscape Architects been in insuring a minimum level of competency for all persons calling themselves landscape architects? 2. How effective has the Board of Landscape Architects been in promoting and protecting the interests of consumers? 3. Is it necessary for the state to regulate this industry?