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California’s Child Welfare System: Addressing Disproportionalities and Disparities

April 24, 2024 - This report examines disproportionalities and disparities across California’s child welfare system in terms of income and race/ethnicity. The report provides background on the child welfare system, describes child welfare system disproportionalities and disparities, and lays out potential drivers of these inequities. Additionally, the report identifies a number of decision-making and policy areas that can help address disproportionalities and disparities, and provides options for the Legislature to consider.


Overview of the Public Behavioral Health System in California

April 22, 2024 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health


Trends in Higher Education: Student Outcomes

April 18, 2024 - This brief is the third of a six-part series covering higher education trends in California. The third brief focuses on student outcomes and how they have changed over the past few decades. The brief also raises key issues for the Legislature to consider as it makes related policy and budget decisions.


The 2024-25 Budget: State Preschool

April 16, 2024 - This post analyzes 2024-25 Governor’s budget proposal related to State Preschool.


The 2024-25 Budget: Child Care

April 15, 2024 - This brief analyzes key 2024-25 Governor’s budget proposals related to various child care and development programs administered by the Department of Social Services.


Evaluation of a Tax Exemption for Zero-Emission Buses

April 15, 2024 - Published in accordance with Chapter 353 of 2022 (AB 2622, Mullin), which directs our office to review the effectiveness of a partial sales tax exemption for zero-emission buses.


Overview of Selected Sentencing Changes and Avoided State Costs

April 11, 2024 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections, Public Safety, Judiciary, Labor and Transportation


Update: Racial and Ethnic Disproportionalities and Disparities in California’s Child Welfare System

April 3, 2024 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Human Services


Evaluation of the Better for Families Tax Refund

April 1, 2024 - Submitted in accordance with Section 7(b)(1) of Chapter 51 of 2022 (AB 192, Committee on Budget) that directs our office to evaluate the extent to which the Better for Families tax refund helped families meet the demands of inflation during the pandemic.


The 2024-25 Budget: State Employee Compensation

March 21, 2024 - In this post, we analyze the Governor's proposals to (1) use vacancy rates to identify one-time unallocated spending reductions across state departments through a budget exercise, (2) eliminate the telework stipend established under current labor agreements, and (3) defer June 2025 payroll by one day to reduce state payroll costs in 2024-25 by one month's payroll.


The 2024-25 Budget: Proposition 2 Debt Payment Proposals

March 20, 2024 - This report evaluates the Governor’s Proposition 2-related debt and liabilities payment proposals.


The 2024-25 Budget: CalFire—Implementation of a 66-Hour Workweek

March 19, 2024 - In this brief, we analyze the Governor's proposal to implement a 66-hour workweek for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters.


The 2024-25 Budget: Department of Social Services Immigration and Equity Programs

March 15, 2024 - In this post, we provide an overview of the Governor's 2024-25 budget proposals for certain immigration and equity programs at the Department of Social Services.


Trends in Higher Education: College Affordability

March 14, 2024 - This brief is the second of a six-part series covering higher education trends in California. The second brief focuses on college affordability. It covers changes in cost of attendance and student financial aid over the past few decades.


Increasing Transparency of County Office of Education Spending

March 14, 2024 - This report, prepared at the request of the Legislature, makes recommendations primarily intended to increase transparency of operations and activities at county offices of education.