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The 2015-16 Budget: Transportation Proposals

March 2, 2015 - In this report, we review the Governor's 2015-16 budget proposals for various transportation departments and programs, including the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA), California Highway Patrol, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Based on our review, we make recommendations for legislative consideration and oversight.

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The 2015-16 Budget: Higher Education Analysis

February 27, 2015 - In this report, we provide an overview of the Governor’s higher education budget. We then review the segments' performance in certain key areas and assess the degree to which the segments require enrollment growth funding, base funding increases, and facilities funding. We find the segments have improved performance in some areas but additional improvement is needed. We find little to warrant additional enrollment growth at UC and CSU, and available data indicate CCC likely will not use all the growth funding provided in 2014-15. We recommend against unallocated budget increases, instead recommending that the Legislature link base increases to a cost-of-living adjustment and any additional increases to specified state priorities. We review several facility proposals and make various related recommendations, including recommending the Legislature establish state facility priorities and require the segments to submit a report describing how they plan to eliminate their maintenance backlogs.

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Workforce Education And Training

February 26, 2015 - Presented to Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee

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Options for a State Earned Income Tax Credit

February 25, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services

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Transportation and Resources Budget Overview

February 25, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation

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California K-12 Funding in Context

February 24, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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Overview of Proposition 98 Budget Proposals

February 24, 2015 - Presented to Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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The 2015-16 Budget: Paying for a State Mandate on Local Child Protective Agencies

February 24, 2015 - This report evaluates the Governor's budget proposal to suspend the Interagency Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Reports(ICAN) mandate. To address certain limitations in the Governor's proposal, we recommend the Legislature (1) adopt the Governor’s proposal but consider augmenting the grant program’s funding to increase the likelihood of county participation, (2) require local law enforcement agencies to carry out ICAN activities as a condition of receiving certain state allocations, and (3) develop a long-term plan to retire post-2004 mandate backlog, including ICAN claims.

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Overview of Transportation Funding

February 23, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Transportation Committee

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California’s Major Revenue Sources and Tax Agencies

February 23, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee

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The 2015-16 Budget: Governor's Criminal Justice Proposals

February 20, 2015 - The Governor’s budget proposes a total of $15 billion from various fund sources for judicial and criminal justice programs in 2015-16. This is an increase of $306 million, or about 2 percent, above estimated expenditures for the current year. In the report we provide an analysis of the Governor's budget proposals for state criminal justice departments and programs, including for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the judicial branch, various local public safety programs, and the Department of Justice. The report reviews the most significant proposals in these areas and offers corresponding recommendations for the Legislature's consideration.

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The 2015-16 Budget: Resources and Environmental Protection

February 19, 2015 - The Governor’s budget for 2015-16 proposes a total of $9.3 billion in expenditures from the General Fund, various special funds, bond funds, and federal funds for resources and environmental protection programs. In this report, we assess many of the Governor’s budget proposals related to these programs and recommend various changes.

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Overview of UC Expenditures

February 18, 2015 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance

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The 2015-16 Budget: Proposition 98 Education Analysis

February 18, 2015 - The Governor's budget includes $7.8 billion in Proposition 98 funding increases for schools and community colleges, including $5 billion for programmatic increases and $2.8 billion for retiring outstanding obligations. In this report, we recommend the Legislature improve some of the Governor's specific Proposition 98 proposals and reject others. Most notably, though we recommend the Legislature adopt the Governor's proposal to provide $500 million for adult education consortia, we recommend making various programmatic improvements, folding some of the Governor's other proposed workforce funding into the adult education program, and rejecting a couple of the Governor's career technical education proposals. We also recommend rethinking the Governor's Internet infrastructure proposal. Additionally, we have various recommendations relating to the Local Control Funding Formula, county offices of education, and education mandates.

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Funding for Major Internet-Related Programs Since 2000

February 17, 2015 - Summarizes major state and federal funding for Internet-related programs.