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The 2019-20 May Revision: LAO Revenue Outlook

May 12, 2019 - This post details our General Fund revenue outlook for 2017‑18 through 2022‑23. Our estimates of General Fund revenues and transfers for the “budget window”—2017‑18 through 2019‑20—are $774 million (0.2 percent) above the administration’s May 2019 revenue forecast.

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The 2019-20 May Revision: LAO Economic Outlook

May 12, 2019 - Our office just released a summary of our updated state fiscal outlook for the May Revision. Our fiscal outlook is premised on a set of economic assumptions. While our November fiscal outlook included multiple economic scenarios, this update for May focuses on only one economic scenario: continuation of moderate economic growth.

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The 2019-20 May Revision: Opportunity Zones

May 11, 2019 - The Governor proposes to allow state tax benefits for investments in alternative energy or affordable housing in communities designated as Opportunity Zones under a new federal program. Given the mixed evidence regarding the benefits of similar policies and the existence of better mechanisms to fund affordable housing, we recommend rejecting the Governor’s proposal to create a state Opportunity Zone tax benefit.

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Options and Considerations for Implementing the DDS Rate Study

May 9, 2019 - Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services

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Proposal for Special Education Teaching Performance Assessment

May 9, 2019 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

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Overview of Flood Management in California

May 9, 2019 - Assembly Governmental Organization Committee And Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee

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Review of High-Speed Rail 2019 Project Update Report

May 9, 2019 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation

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The 2019-20 Budget: Immigrant Legal Services at the Public Higher Education Segments

May 8, 2019 - In this post, we (1) provide background on immigrant residents in California and state funding for immigrant legal services, including for students and employees at the California Community Colleges (CCC), California State University (CSU), and University of California (UC); (2) describe the Governor’s proposals to provide funding for legal services at the three higher education segments; (3) provide an update on implementation of legal service programs at each segment; and (4) make recommendations on the Governor’s budget proposals.

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Proposal for Special Education Teaching Performance Assessment

May 7, 2019 - Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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The 2019-20 Budget: Analysis of Governor’s Preschool Slot Estimate

May 6, 2019 - In this post, we compare the administration's estimate with our independent estimate, then discuss the key assumptions underlying each of the estimates.

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The 2019-20 Budget: Creating an Integrated Education Data System

May 6, 2019 - In this brief, we provide (1) background on the state’s education data systems and past efforts to connect them, (2) describe the Governor’s proposal to develop an integrated education data system, (3) assess the proposal, and (4) make associated recommendations.

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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.

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Overview of Cal Grants

May 2, 2019 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

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Improving California’s Prison Inmate Classification System

May 2, 2019 - In this report, we provide background information on CDCR’s inmate classification system, assess the current system, and recommend steps to improve it.

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The 2019-20 Budget: Special Education Teaching Performance Assessment

April 30, 2019 - In this web post, we analyze the Governor’s 2019-20 proposal to provide $1.2 million for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to develop and implement a performance assessment for prospective special education teachers. We provide background, describe the Governor’s proposals, assess the proposal, and offer associated recommendations. We recommend the Legislature adopt the proposal but direct CTC to collect additional data to determine how the new assessment may affect interest, workload, and completion rates for special education teacher preparation programs.