Legislative Analyst’s Office

In recent months, the federal government has enacted several pieces of legislation aimed at responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Three of these bills—the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriation Act (enacted March 4); the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (enacted March 27); and the Paycheck Protection …continue reading

The public health emergency associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) pandemic has resulted in sudden and severely negative economic consequences for California. This has significant implications for the state’s budget. This report—our Spring Fiscal Outlook—provides an update on the budget’s condition in light of this seismic shift. Specifically, we …continue reading

The emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) represents a serious challenge for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). This is because the department’s staff and the populations they oversee—which include adult inmates and parolees and certain youth offenders—are often in close proximity to one another. As of …continue reading

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has published the following post in the series: COVID-19 Issues Judicial Branch Actions Responding to COVID-19 In this post, we discuss actions the judicial branch has taken to temporarily change operations due to the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The judicial branch is responsible …continue reading

This post highlights key federal actions in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)—through April 16, 2020—relating to social services and health programs that serve older adults and persons with disabilities. Specifically, we describe the aging and disability-related components of the two most recent pieces of COVID-19 federal legislation (H.R. 6201 …continue reading

On Wednesday, March 18, the President signed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the federal relief act aimed at mitigating the economic and public health consequences of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The H.R. 6201 includes several actions related to unemployment insurance (UI). Follow up legislation, H.R. 748—the …continue reading

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: Excess ERAF: A Review of the Calculations Affecting School Funding This report focuses on a state law enacted in the 1990s that shifts some of the property tax revenue in certain counties from schools and community colleges to other local …continue reading

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: The 2020-21 Budget: Climate Change Proposals This report assesses the Governor’s major 2020-21 budget proposals related to climate change. The four proposals we evaluate are the Governor’s (1) cap-and-trade expenditure plan ($965 million), (2) expanded climate adaptation research and technical …continue reading