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LAO reports: Climate Change Impacts Across California

This series of six reports is intended to help policymakers think about how climate change will impact various sectors and, consequently, what key corresponding policy and fiscal issues the Legislature will face in the coming years. They are intended as framing documents to help the Legislature adopt a “climate lens” across policy areas. See the Executive […]

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LAO Report | Reducing the Destructiveness of Wildfires: Promoting Defensible Space in California

The state faces large and growing risks of potentially devastating wildfires. A key way to mitigate the destructiveness of wildfires is to make homes less likely to ignite, including through the maintenance of an area free of excess or dead vegetation (known as defensible space) around homes. Under existing state and local laws, homeowners in […]

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LAO: The 2021-22 Budget – Multiyear Budget Outlook

This report presents our office’s independent assessment of the condition of the state General Fund budget through 2024‑25 assuming the economy continues to grow. The first section of the report presents our analysis of the budget condition under two different revenue forecasts. Throughout this analysis, we use our own forecast of expenditures assuming May Revision […]

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The 2021-22 Budget: Initial LAO Comments on the Governor’s May Revision

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just published the following report: The 2021-22 Budget: Initial Comments on the Governor’s May Revision We have released our initial comments on the Governor’s 2021-22 May Revision. Here are our key takeaways: We Estimate the State Has a $38 Billion Surplus to Allocate. We estimate the state has $38 billion in […]

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LAO Report: Improving CA’s Response to the Environmental and Safety Hazards Caused by Abandoned Mines

August 4, 2020 – Abandoned Mines Can Cause Environmental and Safety Risks. There are an estimated 47,000 abandoned mines spread throughout every county of California. Many of these mines present threats to the environment–including water quality, fish and wildlife, soils, and air quality–and the physical safety of individuals. Key Challenges to Remediating Abandoned Mines. This report discusses […]

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The 2020-21 May Revision: Initial Comments on the Governor’s May Revision by LAO

May 18, 2020 – On May 14, 2020, Governor Newsom presented a revised state budget proposal to the Legislature. (This annual proposed revised budget is called the “May Revision.”) In stark contrast to the January budget proposal—which anticipated the state would have a surplus to allocate for 2020‑21—the public health emergency associated with the coronavirus […]

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LAO: The 2020-21 Budget Report: The Governor’s Wildfire-Related Proposals

Feb. 21, 2020 – In this report, we assess the (1) state’s overall approach to addressing wildfire risks and (2) Governor’s wildfire-related budget proposals.  State Should Develop Strategic Wildfire Plan to Address Risks. In assessing the state’s overall approach to addressing wildfire risks, we find that several factors contribute to increasing risks, including increased development […]

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LAO Report ‘Allocating Utility Wildfire Costs: Options and Issues for Consideration’

June 21, 2019 – Catastrophic Wildfires Caused by Utilities Increase Costs for Utility Ratepayers. Recent catastrophic wildfires caused by utilities in California have caused tens of billions of dollars in property damage. Under current legal standards, these damages will directly lead to increased costs for utilities, which could be passed on to ratepayers. Moreover, the […]

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