Legislative Analyst’s Office

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The California Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: The 2021-22 Budget: Multiyear Budget Outlook This report presents our office’s independent assessment of the condition of the state General Fund budget through 2024-25 assuming the economy continues to grow. While the state faces a historic surplus, a spending …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: An Initial Look at Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Local Government Fiscal Condition Different Types of Revenues Affected Differently by Pandemic. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been an unprecedented disruption to California’s economy. While the particular experience …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: The State Appropriations Limit Executive Summary The State Appropriations Limit (SAL) Likely to Limit Spending Growth in the Budget Year and Future Years SAL Will Be an Important Issue at May Revision. Proposition 4 (1979) established an appropriations limit on …continue reading

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In response to the changes to the state’s budget process required by the pandemic, our office will be publishing shorter, more focused budget analyses over the next few months. Given this change, rather than sending out an announcement for each publication, we will provide periodic updates with the key takeaways …continue reading

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In response to the changes to the state’s budget process required by the pandemic, our office will be publishing shorter, more focused budget analyses over the next few months. Given this change, rather than sending out an announcement for each publication, we will provide periodic updates with the key takeaways …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: Updating Special Education Out-of-Home Care Funding In the Supplemental Report of the 2020‑21 Budget Act, the Legislature tasked our office with convening a work group and providing recommendations for updating the special education Out-of-Home Care formula by March 1, 2021. …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: A Review of State Standards and Inspections for Local Detention Facilities In California, there are about 550 detention facilities—such as county jails—that are operated by local governments to detain people at various stages of the criminal justice process. Statute requires …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: How Has COVID‑19 Affected Renters and Homeowners? Our office has released a report assessing how coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected renters and homeowners. In October, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia estimated that California renters owed $1.7 billion in …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: A Framework for Evaluating State-Level Green Stimulus Proposals This report is intended to provide guidance for the Legislature on how to evaluate the merits of state-funded green stimulus proposals. When reviewing such proposals, the Legislature faces two basic questions to …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: The 2021-22 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook The annual Fiscal Outlook publication gives our office’s independent assessment of the California state budget condition for the upcoming fiscal year and over the longer term. We find the budget situation has improved considerably …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: Update on School District Budgets Over the past year, school districts have seen significant fluctuation their near-term fiscal outlook due to additional costs related to the coronavirus disease 2019 emergency and changes in the state’s budget outlook. The state typically …continue reading

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The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: Expanding Access to Safe and Affordable Drinking Water in California—A Status Update Despite California being the first state in the nation to adopt a policy stating that clean water is a human right, an estimated 1 million Californians currently lack …continue reading