December 7, 2017
Provides background regarding the objectives and operations of the Project Management Office (PMO); details our findings in evaluating the PMO; introduces two significant recent developments and their impacts on the PMO; and makes associated recommendations on how the Legislature should proceed to better align the office with the original legislative intent.
December 6, 2017
Provides background information on the state’s in-prison rehabilitation programs: outlines key program principles for maximizing reductions in recidivism; identifies key shortcomings in the state’s rehabilitation programs; and makes recommendations to improve how the state provides in-prison rehabilitation programs.
November 14, 2017
Provides background information on Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings as well as the administration’s approach to meeting goals for state‑owned ZNE buildings; assesses the administration’s approach to these buildings; and recommends Legislature adopt its own policies related to ZNE for state buildings.
October 31, 2017
California Competes awards income tax credits to attract or retain businesses considering a significant new investment in California. In this report, we reviewed California Competes’ experience to date in meeting the Legislature’s goals for the program.
September 9, 2017
Outlines the rationales for measuring program performance and outlines why it should focus on outcomes; raises several issues to be considered as the CalWORKs Outcomes and Accountability Review (Cal-OAR) system is further developed and implemented in the coming years.
May 5, 2017
Describes the recent changes to assumptions used to estimate CalSTRS's unfunded liabilities, including the key assumption about future investment returns--sometimes called the "discount rate.” Explains how these changes will affect the state, school and community college districts, and teachers.
March 30, 2017
Assesses the effects of recent changes in state funding rates on California Community Colleges (CCC) noncredit courses, and recommends that the Legislature explore four key issues that could improve significantly the effectiveness of noncredit and adult education in California over the coming years.
March 30, 2017
Discusses changes to the landscape of elections administration in California; lays out a framework for considering the roles and responsibilities in elections; outlines options the Legislature could consider to provide financial support to counties for elections administration to ensure secure, timely, and uniform elections.
Update 5/3/17: Four short videos help explain elections in California and SB 450.
March 22, 2017
Provides basic information about floods and flood management in California and highlights some key challenges confronting the state in contemplating how best to manage floods.
March 16, 2017
Analyzes the Governor’s child care and preschool proposals, including in‑depth analyses of (1) the state’s various quality improvement activities and (2) Alternative Payment agencies, which administer certain child care programs.
March 13, 2017
Examines the Savings Plus Program (the state's optional retirement savings plan for state employees) and discusses our findings and options the Legislature can consider to improve employee participation.
March 9, 2017
Provides an analysis of the administration's caseload projections, including a discussion of the projected increases in ACA optional expansion caseload; assesses several major factors affecting projected changes in Medi‑Cal spending in 2017‑18 and other policy changes proposed by the administration.
March 8, 2017
Reviews the available evidence to gauge whether general plan housing elements achieve their objective of ensuring that local communities accommodate needed home building.
March 3, 2017
Provides a general overview of California's criminal fine and fee system and discusses the Governor’s fine and fee proposals. Assesses the impact that each proposal would have on the system and makes recommendations for legislative consideration.
March 2, 2017
Provides background on the Gann Limit, including a discussion of its history and an explanation of the complex calculations required by Proposition 4. Describes the Governor’s Gann Limit proposal, assesses the proposal, and makes recommendations.
February 27, 2017
Provides (1) background on the health care and Long‑Term Services and Supports (LTSS) issues that the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) was intended to address, (2) an update on the CCI’s results and challenges to date, (3) an assessment of the Governor’s elimination of the CCI and budget proposal to extend certain CCI components, and (4) options for the Legislature on how to move forward. As ending In‑Home Supportive Services (IHSS) has major, and rather complex, implications for 1991 realignment, this report includes a technical appendix providing in‑depth analysis of these implications.