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Achieving State Goals for the Delta

March 19, 2015 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation

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Local Control Funding Formula Implementation

March 19, 2015 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

Report

The 2015-16 Budget: Addressing Deferred Maintenance in State Office Buildings

March 19, 2015 - The Department of General Services owns and maintains 58 office buildings across the state, and the current backlog of maintenance projects for these buildings totals an estimated $138 million. In this report, we identify factors that contribute to the accumulation of deferred maintenance in state buildings and make recommendations both to reduce the current backlog of maintenance projects and to address the ongoing contributing factors to the backlog.

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Overview of Sharing Economy and Short-Term Rentals

March 18, 2015 - Prepared for: Committee on Local Government and Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee

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State Employee Health Benefits: Policy Implications of Offering a High Deductible Health Plan

March 18, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee Presented to Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee

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Implementing the 2014 Water Bond

March 18, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation

Report

The 2015-16 Budget: Improving State Programs for Crime Victims

March 18, 2015 - As part of the Governor’s budget for 2015-16, the administration proposes to reorganize the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB). In this report, we (1) review existing victim programs, (2) identify challenges regarding the current structure and delivery of these programs, and (3) recommend steps to help address these challenges.

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California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences

March 17, 2015 -

Living in decent, affordable, and reasonably located housing is vitally important to every Californian. Unfortunately, housing in California is extremely expensive and, as a result, many households are forced to make serious trade-offs in order to live here. While many factors have a role in driving California's high housing costs, the most important is the significant shortage of housing in the state's highly coveted coastal communities. We advise the Legislature to address this housing shortfall by changing policies to facilitate significantly more private home and apartment building in California's coastal urban communities.

See our February 9, 2016 follow up to this report: Perspectives on Helping Low-Income Californians Afford Housing.

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The 2015-16 Budget: Health Benefits for Retired State Employees

March 16, 2015 - Health benefits for retired state employees constitute a large and growing cost for the State of California. The state’s retiree health benefit program constitutes the state’s last major liability that needs a funding plan. As part of his 2015-16 budget, the Governor proposes one approach to address retiree health liabilities through the collective bargaining process. In our report, we recommend that the policy committees of the Legislature hold hearings to discuss the Governor’s proposal—as well as other options to address retiree health liabilities—with actuaries, employee groups, policy experts, and the public. We acknowledge that a delay in implementing a funding plan might make some elements of a funding plan more expensive; however, we think it is more important to get the plan right that to quickly set up a plan that can be implemented in 2015-16.

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The 2015-16 Budget: Staffing Cal/OSHA Enforcement Responsibilities

March 13, 2015 - To address the Governor's concerns with current Cal/OSHA enforcement, his budget proposes additional Cal/OSHA positions. We recommend that the Legislature approve the requested level of new positions. However, we emphasize that targeting planned inspections to those business establishments with the highest likelihood of improved compliance is critical to using planned inspection resources cost-effectively, and recommend that DIR report at legislative hearings on ongoing efforts to improve inspection targeting.

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Overview of Major DDS Budget Solutions Affecting the Community Caseload—2003-04 to 2015-16

March 12, 2015 - Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services

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Enrollment Funding for UC and CSU

March 12, 2015 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education

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Overview of the Beverage Container Recycling Program

March 12, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Committee

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2015-2016 Budget Overview of Environmental Protection Agency and Departments

March 12, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Committee

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Overview of SSI/SSP Cash Grants--2000-01 to 2015-16

March 11, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services