Category: Budget


DOF to Reevaluate All Budget Change Requests, Transfers $1.3B to Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account

This week, the California Department of Finance (DOF) took two significant actions related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. DOF Budget Letter On Tuesday, DOF issued a budget letter to all agency secretaries and departmental directors and senior staff notifying them of severe economic impacts, including a significant drop in economic activity with corresponding negative effects…

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Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 Discusses COVID-19 and STDs

Yesterday, the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services heard items under various state agencies. Of particular interest were items related to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which included hearing from State Public Health Director and Health Officer Sonia Angell on COVID-19 response activities as well as hearing a comprehensive…

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Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Convenes Informational Hearing on Homelessness

On Thursday, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, chaired by Senator Holly Mitchell, convened an informational hearing on homelessness. The hearing commenced with the Legislative Analyst’s Office framing the issue of homelessness in California, highlighting historical state and local efforts, and walking through some of the Governor’s related budget proposals. Ali Sutton, representing the…

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LAO Issues Report on Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published a report this week exploring the taxation of electronic cigarettes as proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom’s FY 2020-21 Budget. The report details the current taxes levied on electronic cigarette products, analyzes the Governor’s proposal, and poses several areas for consideration by the Legislature as its budget subcommittees begin their…

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Assembly Budget Subcommittees Convene Informational Hearing on Homelessness

On Wednesday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services, chaired by Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula, and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, chaired by Assembly Member Jim Cooper, convened a joint informational hearing on the Governor’s 2020 budget proposals on homelessness. The hearing took place after the Governor’s…

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LAO Issues Report on 2020-21 Medi-Cal Budget

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recently released its report examining the Governor’s 2020-21 Medi-Cal Budget, which proposes to invest $25.9 billion General Fund ($103.5 billion total funds) in 2020-21 representing a $2.9 billion (12.4 percent) increase over estimated 2019-20 levels. According to the LAO, the increase is largely due to workload budget adjustments, as well…

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LAO Report Reviews Governor’s Cannabis Proposals

Governor Newsom has released a number of cannabis related proposals as part of his 2020-21 budget package including changing how cannabis taxes are collected in California and consolidating cannabis licensing functions into a new State Department. Last week, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a brief analysis of these proposals and were generally supportive of…

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LAO Issues Reports on Governor’s Proposed Investments in Homelessness, Climate Change

This week, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) issued two reports related to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed investments included in the 2020-21 proposed budget. The reports play a key role as the Legislature begins holding budget committee hearings over the coming weeks and months to examine proposed investments across various program areas and topics. The LAO’s…

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