Category: Budget


DOF Publishes Second Quarter CARES Act Report

This week, the California Department of Finance (DOF) issued the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) second quarter report, detailing state and local expenditures incurred responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The second quarter report covers expenditures between March 1 and September 30. Recall, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress…

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LAO Publishes 2021-22 Budget Fiscal Outlook

This week, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published its annual report providing an independent assessment of the California state budget condition for the upcoming fiscal year and over the longer term. The LAO’s latest report finds the state’s budget situation has improved considerably relative to the 2020-21 Budget Act, with an estimated $26 billion…

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Newsom Announces $62m Emergency Allocation to Support Project Roomkey

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s intent to immediately allocate $62 million in one-time funds from the state’s Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) to counties providing housing to current Project Roomkey participants. According to the Administration, funds are being made available to Roomkey sites to ensure clients living in motel or hotel rooms…

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Assembly Convenes Hearing on COVID-19 Response Activities

On Tuesday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight, and Program Evaluation and the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization convened a joint informational hearing to receive an update on California’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The hearing featured an overview of the state’s operational efforts to contain the pandemic, investments in…

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DOF Issues November Fiscal Update on COVID-19 Expenditures

Late last week, the California Department of Finance (DOF) issued a November fiscal update detailing expenditures associated with the state’s COVID-19 direct response activities. DOF estimates the combined total costs across the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years to be approximately $9.8 billion, with an estimated net General Fund impact of approximately $1.3 billion. In the…

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DOF Extends Use of DREOA Funds to Respond to COVID-19

This week, the California Department of Finance (DOF) notified the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) of a 120-day extension on the use of funds from the state’s Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) to support response activities to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In its letter, DOF indicated that, despite progress made under the state’s Blueprint for…

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State Allocates Additional $400m for Homekey, Childcare, and Food and Diaper Banks

The Newsom Administration and legislative leaders this week reached an agreement to allocate an additional $400 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to support Homekey, as well as other social supports including childcare, food banks, and diaper banks. Recall, late last month, the Newsom Administration requested from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) an additional…

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Assembly Convenes Oversight Hearings on CalREDIE, State Expenditures

This week, the Assembly convened two oversight hearings of interest to local health departments. Below, we summarize the hearings: Public Health Guidance and CalREDIE On Tuesday morning, the Assembly Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process Oversigth and Program Evaluation hosted state officials from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of…

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