Category: Reports


LAO Issues Report on Federal COVID-19-Related Funding to California

On Tuesday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published a report summarizing recent federal legislative and other actions to allocate funding to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The post details federal emergency funding streams and the process by which federal COVID-19-related funding will flow to public and private entities throughout the state. The full LAO…

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LAO Details COVID-19 State Funding Actions

On Monday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) issued a post summarizing recent legislative and administrative action to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The post details the Legislature’s emergency appropriation of up to $1 billion, $100 million for school facilities, and additional transfers to the Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA). The LAO explores state…

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TFAH Report Examines Chronic Underfunding of Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Systems

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) recently released its report, The Impact of Chronic Underfunding on America’s Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2020. The report examines federal, state, and local public health funding trends, finding a continuing pattern of underfunding vital public health and emergency preparedness programs. As such, TFAH determines that the…

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Budget & Policy Center Publishes Issue Brief on Health Coverage During and After COVID-19

This week, the California Budget & Policy Center published an issue brief around health coverage during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The report discusses recent short-term actions by policymakers to mitigate serious health threats caused by COVID-19, including extending coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment through Medi-Cal. While these actions have provided temporary access to…

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LAO Publishes Reports on COVID-19 Issues

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) continues to issue several relevant reports related to COVID-19 and its impacts on California. Included among the recent reports: Federal Health-Related Response: This report highlights key federal actions in response to COVID-19 related to public health broadly and individual health care services. The post examines recent actions by Congress, the…

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LAO Issues Report on Newsom Administration’s CalAIM Proposal

On Monday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) published a report detailing the Newsom Administration’s sweeping California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal to transform the state’s Medi-Cal program. The LAO’s report provides an overview of the primary components to be reformed through the CalAIM proposal, including: Increasing Focus on Medi-Cal’s High-Cost, High-Risk Enrollees – 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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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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