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Annual Report on Tax Exemptions for Medicinal Cannabis

June 14, 2023 - Chapter 837 of 2019 (SB 34, Wiener) established new tax exemptions for donations of medicinal cannabis. The law directs our office to submit an annual report containing data on three outcomes related to the exemptions: the number of medicinal cannabis patients served, the amount of medicinal cannabis products donated, and the amount of tax revenue lost. This report fulfills that statutory requirement for 2022.

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Overview of the Legislature’s Budget Package

June 14, 2023 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

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Governor’s Infrastructure Proposals: Issues for Legislative Consideration

June 8, 2023 - Presented to: Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water

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Managed Care Organization Tax: Background and Issues for Consideration on Administration’s Proposal

May 30, 2023 - Presented to: Assembly Committee on Health Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services

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The 2023-24 Budget: Total Compensation Studies

May 24, 2023 - As part of the May Revision, the Governor proposed amending Section 19826 of the Government Code to establish a biennial compensation report for state employees. This post is our analysis of the Governor’s proposal.

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The 2023-24 Budget: Multiyear Budget Outlook

May 23, 2023 - This brief presents our office’s independent assessment of the condition of the state General Fund budget through 2026‑27 under our forecast of revenues and spending, assuming the Governor’s May Revision policies were adopted.

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The 2023-24 Budget: May Revision Proposals Related to the California Model and San Quentin State Prison

May 19, 2023 - In this post, we analyze the Governor’s May Revision proposals for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to undertake capital outlay projects at San Quentin State Prison (SQ) as a part of a broader effort to develop a more rehabilitative and health-focused model for California prisons, known as the “California Model.” Specifically, we describe the Governor’s proposals, discuss several concerns with the proposals, and provide recommendations to the Legislature.

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The 2023-24 May Revision: LAO Analyses

May 15, 2023 - As our office publishes responses to the Governor's 2023-24 May Revision, we will add them to this index page.

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The 2023-24 Budget: Overview of May Revision K-12 Education Proposals

May 15, 2023 - The 2023-24 Budget: Overview of May Revision K-12 Education Proposals

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The 2023-24 Budget: Initial Comments on the Governor's May Revision

May 15, 2023 - On May 12, 2023, Governor Newsom presented a revised state budget proposal to the Legislature. (This annual proposed revised budget is called the “May Revision.”) In this brief, we provide a summary of and comments on the Governor’s revised budget, focusing on the overall condition and structure of the state General Fund—the budget’s main operating account.

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Options for Providing Short-Term Fiscal Relief to Transit Agencies

May 10, 2023 - Presented to: Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Climate Crisis, Resources, Energy, and Transportation

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The 2023-24 Budget: Whole Child Model Expansion

May 5, 2023 - This post analyzes the Governor’s proposal to expand the Whole Child Model to additional counties.

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The 2023-24 Budget: County of Los Angeles Citizens Redistricting Commission Mandate

May 2, 2023 - In this post, we discuss the County of Los Angeles Citizens Redistricting Commission Mandate, which is a newly identified state mandate funded in an amendment to the Governor’s 2023-24 budget.

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The 2023-24 Budget: Improving Legislative Oversight of CalFire’s Emergency Fire Protection Budget

May 1, 2023 - In this brief, we discuss the design of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's budget for emergency wildfire response, known as the Emergency Fund (E-Fund). We also provide recommendations for modifying the structure of the E-Fund to enhance legislative oversight and control over department expenditures, while preserving necessary budgetary flexibility.

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State of Transit in California

April 27, 2023 - Presented to: Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 5 on Corrections, Public Safety, Judiciary, Labor and Transportation