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Letter to Honorable Reyes on Service Provider Rates in the Department of Developmental Services System

May 2, 2019 - Letter to the Honorable Eloise Gómez Reyes on actions that could be taken by the Legislature in the 2019-20 budget based on a contracted study of service provider rates in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system.


Letter to Honorable Cristina Garcia Regarding Oversupply of Allowances in the Cap-and-Trade Program

June 26, 2017 -

Provides various analyses related to an oversupply of allowances in the state's cap-and-trade program. Specifically, the letter:

  • Estimates the range of the cumulative allowance oversupply in the cap-and-trade program through 2020.
  • Assesses the impact of allowing this oversupply to carry over into a post-2020 program on (1) future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and (2) near- and long-term allowance prices.
  • Assesses the impact of alternative approaches to addressing the oversupply of allowances and the connection between the current program and a post-2020 program.


Letter to Honorable Vince Fong Regarding Potential Future Effects of Fuels in Cap-and-Trade Program

April 3, 2017 - Answers two questions regarding the potential future effects of having fuels in California’s cap-and-trade program: 1) How much would gas prices increase under different cap-and-trade allowance price scenarios included in the administration’s regulatory analysis documents? and 2) What would be the additional costs borne by consumers under these allowance price scenarios?


Letter to Honorable Tom Lackey on Including Transportation Fuels in the Cap-and-Trade Program

April 7, 2016 - This letter to Honorable Tom Lackey, Assembly Member, 36th District, estimates the effects of including transportation fuels in California’s cap-and-trade program on: (1) the retail price of gasoline and diesel fuel and (2) the additional amount motorists are spending on gasoline and diesel fuel as a result of the program.


Letter to Senator Leno on State Spending

March 10, 2015 - At the January 22, 2015 hearing of the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, the LAO was asked about the trend of state spending since the beginning of the recession. This letter provides additional information concerning that trend, as a follow up to that discussion.


Letter to the Honorable Henry Perea Regarding Transportation Fuels and the Cap-and-Trade Program

August 4, 2014 - This letter responds to a request concerning the effects of including transportation fuels in California's cap-and-trade program.


Letter to Honorable Mark Leno on Corporation Tax Trends

March 13, 2014 - This letter responds to a request concerning California corporate tax trends, as discussed in the January 23, 2014 meeting of the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. In nominal terms, the state's corporation tax has tended to grow over time, but it is a volatile tax. Moreover, since the mid-1980s, various legislative actions have reduced revenues this tax produces for the state General Fund.


Letter to Assembly Member Perea on the Potential Transfer of the Drinking Water Program (DWP)

June 18, 2013 - Letter to the Honorable Henry T. Perea, Assembly Member, regarding the advantages and disadvantages of transferring the Drinking Water Program (DWP) from the Department of Public Health (DPH) to a newly created stand-alone entity under the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA), as compared to transferring it to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).


Letter to Honorable Bill Monning on Estimated Costs Related to Certain ACA Provisions

May 1, 2013 - Letter to Honorable Bill Monning, Chair, Senate Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services, regarding the estimated costs related to provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will likely result in additional Medi-Cal enrollment from persons who are currently eligible for the program, but not enrolled.


Letter to the Honorable Bill Emmerson Regarding Bridge Plan

March 18, 2013 - Letter to the Honorable Bill Emmerson Regarding Bridge Plan.


Letter to the Honorable Luis Alejo regarding SDWSRF

March 13, 2013 - Letter to the Honorable Luis Alejo, Chair, Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, evaluating the administration and peformance of the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SDWSRF).


Letter to Senator Wolk on Evaluation of UCLA Film Credit Study

June 21, 2012 - Letter to Hon. Lois Wolk, Chair of Senate Governance and Finance Committee, providing an evaluation of the February 2012 report, "Economic and Production Impacts of the 2009 California Film and Television Tax Credit."


Letter to Senator Huff on Updated Underlying General Fund Expenditure Trends as of February 2012

June 12, 2012 - Letter to Hon. Bob Huff, Senate Minority Leader, providing an updated analysis of "underlying" General Fund expenditures as of February 2012.


Letter to Assembly Member Dickinson Regarding Small Special Districts and Local Agency Formation Commissions

January 5, 2012 - Letter to Assembly Member Dickinson regarding the 1) efficiency of small special districts, 2) accountability of small special districts, and 3) effectiveness of Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs).


Letter to Senator de Leon Commenting on Information Regarding Proposed Farmers Field Football Stadium

August 26, 2011 - This letter reviews a memorandum of understanding between Anschutz Entertainment Group and the City of Los Angeles regarding the financing of a football stadium and new convention hall, as well as two economic analyses of the proposed project.