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The 2024-25 Budget: Medi-Cal Analysis

February 14, 2024 - This brief provides an overview of the Governor’s proposed budget for Medi-Cal; describes key trends in Medi-Cal caseload; and analyzes proposals around the managed care organization tax, provider payment increases, and other budget solutions.

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Overview of the State Small Business Credit Initiative

February 13, 2024 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 on State Administration

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The 2024-25 Budget: Department of Developmental Services

February 13, 2024 - This brief provides an overview of the Governor’s proposed budget for the Department of Developmental Services and analyzes proposals to delay service provider rate reform and create a new Master Plan for Developmental Services. We then raise oversight issues for legislative consideration.

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The Cap-and-Trade Program: Issues for Legislative Consideration

February 13, 2024 - Presented to: Senate Environmental Quality Committee Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy

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The 2024-25 Budget: Department of Justice

February 9, 2024 - This post provides an overview of the Governor’s 2024-25 proposed funding levels for the Department of Justice. It also provides our assessment and recommendations on a proposed $100 million loan from the state Litigation Deposit Fund to the state General Fund.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Establishing the Office of the Inspector General for the High-Speed Rail Authority

February 8, 2024 - In this post, we analyze a proposal to provide funding to launch a fully functioning High-Speed Rail Office of the Inspector General.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program

February 8, 2024 - In this post, we provide some background on the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program, followed by an overview of the Governor's 2024-25 budget proposals and assumptions for SSI/SSP.

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Key Fiscal and Policy Issues Facing California

February 7, 2024 - Key Fiscal and Policy Issues Facing California identifies some of the biggest and most complex policy issues facing the state and its policymakers. Given the significance and complexity of these issues, our discussion of each issue is necessarily high level and does not provide recommendations. Rather, our hope is that Key Issues can serve as a helpful resource to the Legislature as it evaluates fiscal and policy solutions aimed at tackling some of the state's most challenging, but critical, long-term issues.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Higher Education Overview

January 30, 2024 - In this brief, we provide an overview and initial analysis of the Governor’s higher education budget plan.

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Trends in Higher Education: Student Access

January 23, 2024 - This brief is the first of a six-part series covering higher education trends in California. The first brief focuses on student access. It covers changes in student demographics, admissions, and enrollment levels, among other trends, over the past few decades.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Overview of the Governor’s Budget

January 23, 2024 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

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The 2024-25 Budget: Overview of the Governor’s Budget

January 23, 2024 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Budget

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The 2024-25 Budget: Overview of the Governor's Budget

January 13, 2024 - On January 10, 2024, Governor Newsom presented his proposed state budget to the California Legislature. In this report, we provide a brief summary of the Governor’s budget based on our initial review as of January 12. In the coming weeks, we will analyze the plan in more detail and release many additional issue-specific budget analyses.

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State Assistance to Businesses in Response to COVID-19

January 4, 2024 - This report provides an analysis of state assistance given to businesses in response to COVID-19. It includes: (1) background information on the state and federal programs that provided both broad and targeted relief to businesses; (2) a description of the industries that received the most public assistance; and (3) a description of the types of communities, defined using zip codes, that received more state and federal assistance. The report concludes with some findings and comments for the Legislature.

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Assessing Early Implementation of Urban Water Use Efficiency Requirements

January 4, 2024 - Legislation approved in 2018 established a long-term urban water use efficiency framework to “Make Conservation a California Way of Life,” creating new requirements for urban retail water suppliers across the state. This report responds to a requirement that our office assess implementation of the framework.