January 13, 2016 - State law tasks the Commission on State Mandates with determining whether new state laws or regulations affecting local governments create state-reimbursable mandates. Typically, the process for determining whether a law or regulation is a state-reimbursable mandate takes several years. State law further requires our office to analyze any new mandates identified by the commission as a part of our annual analysis of the state budget. In particular, state law directs our office to report on the annual state costs for new mandates and make recommendations to the Legislature as to whether the new mandates should be repealed, funded, suspended, or modified. In this budget post, we discuss the Post Election Manual Tally mandate, which is the only newly identified state mandate since the 2015-16 Budget Act.
January 31, 2011 - The Governor proposes (1) $52 million to pay for noneducation mandates and (2) to suspend mandates relating to absentee ballots and open meetings. In this handout we summarize the Governor’s proposals and discuss alternatives for legislative consideration.
December 10, 2013 - Presented to: Assembly Local Government Committee December 10, 2013
February 1, 2011 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration
February 3, 2011 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 4 State Administration and General Government
June 24, 2009 - Pusuant to Chapter 1124, Statutes of 2002 (AB 3000, Committee on Budget)
June 17, 2010 - Presented to The Conference Committee on the Budget
May 28, 2009 - Presented to the Budget Conference Committee
May 24, 2004 - The administration's local government proposal would make far-reaching changes to state-local finance. Our review of the proposal indicates that it would greatly increase the stability of local finance and increase accountability in the mandate process. We also find, however, that the proposal locks in place the current flawed state-local fiscal structure, imposes added fiscal stress on many local governments, and is not structured in a fashion that addresses long-term state fiscal goals. For the Legislature's consideration, we provide various recommendations to bring the proposal into greater alignment with legislative goals and state fiscal objectives.
January 27, 2009 - The Governor’s 2009-10 budget plan contains a proposal to shift some funding for some criminal justice programs from the state to the local level. We recommend that the Legislature expand upon this concept, and implement a policy-driven realignment of nearly $1.4 billion of state responsibilities to counties along with resources to pay for them. In particular, we propose that the state shift to counties programs for juvenile offenders and adults convicted of drug possession crimes. Under our realignment concept, counties would have broad authority to manage juvenile and drug–addicted adult offenders programs to achieve success. We recommend that the Legislature finance this criminal justice realignment by increasing the vehicle license fee (VLF) rate to 1 percent (which results in a revenue gain of $1.1 billion) and redirecting $359 million of existing VLF revenues. Under this financing approach, realignment would serve as a nearly $1.4 billion ongoing General Fund budget solution.
January 26, 2011 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services and Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education
March 13, 2012 - Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, Hon. Joan Buchanan, Chair
February 7, 2011 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education
June 12, 2009 - Presented to Budget Conference Committee
May 23, 2011 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance and Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services