LAO http://kvpr.org en Rosy California Budget Projections Prompt Calls for New Spending http://kvpr.org/post/rosy-california-budget-projections-prompt-calls-new-spending <p class="p1">California’s non-partisan budget analyst has declared the state’s structural deficit a thing of the past and projected multi-billion dollar surpluses for years to come.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, that’s prompting calls from some Democrats and progressive groups to reinvest in programs hit hard by recession-era budget cuts.</p><p class="p3">When Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor released his budget projections a few weeks ago, he tempered the good news with words of caution:</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:40:50 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 25367 at http://kvpr.org Rosy California Budget Projections Prompt Calls for New Spending After Years of Deficits, Budget Surpluses Projected for California http://kvpr.org/post/after-years-deficits-budget-surpluses-projected-california <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>California’s structural deficit is history – and the legislature’s non-partisan budget analyst is projecting growing surpluses for the next several years.&nbsp; But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the welcome budget news still comes with words of caution.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:47:18 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 24816 at http://kvpr.org After Years of Deficits, Budget Surpluses Projected for California New School Funding Formula Mandates Parental Involvement http://kvpr.org/post/new-school-funding-formula-mandates-parental-involvement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California’s new education funding formula sends more dollars to disadvantaged students – with new strings attached. &nbsp;School districts will have to show how they’ll spend the money to improve student achievement – and how they’ll measure success.&nbsp; And as </span>KPCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Julie Small reports, they’ll have to hear from one important group before they adopt their plans.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:54:35 +0000 Julie Small - KPCC 19161 at http://kvpr.org New School Funding Formula Mandates Parental Involvement Experts: 'Sequestration' Could Hurt California's Economy http://kvpr.org/post/experts-sequestration-could-hurt-californias-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the March </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> deadline for automatic federal budget cuts approaches, their potential effect on California is becoming increasingly clear.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ben Adler reports from Sacramento that “sequestration” cuts could slow the state’s economic recovery – and perhaps even create a new budget deficit.</span></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 03:26:05 +0000 Ben Adler 11149 at http://kvpr.org Experts: 'Sequestration' Could Hurt California's Economy Legislative Analyst Recommends State-Based Medi-Cal Expansion http://kvpr.org/post/legislative-analyst-recommends-state-based-medi-cal-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A non-partisan legislative report suggests expanding California’s Medicaid program under the federal health law would make good sense in terms of finance and policy.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p3">The Legislative Analyst’s Office says the state should move ahead with the Medi-Cal expansion that Governor Jerry Brown recently laid out in his budget.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:50:13 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 11023 at http://kvpr.org Legislative Analyst Recommends State-Based Medi-Cal Expansion New Report Gives A Snapshot of California http://kvpr.org/post/new-report-gives-snapshot-california <p></p><p>California has the ninth largest economy in the world, its workers are staying unemployed longer and home prices are rising. These are a few of the tidbits in a <a href="http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2013/calfacts/calfacts_010213.aspx">new report</a> by the state’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst. &nbsp;</p><p>The Legislative Analyst gives us California in a snapshot.&nbsp; The state’s economy is number nine, right between Italy and Russia. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:42:58 +0000 Marianne Russ 8903 at http://kvpr.org New Report Gives A Snapshot of California State Analyst: CA Budget Deficit Drops to $1.9 Billion http://kvpr.org/post/state-analyst-ca-budget-deficit-drops-19-billion <p></p><p>California’s once-enormous budget deficit has shrunk to just under $2 billion, and the state could soon have a surplus.&nbsp; But Mac Taylor, California’s non-partisan legislative analyst is urging caution as state finances improve.</p><p>Not long ago, California hit rock bottom, with a massive budget deficit.&nbsp;</p><p>Nearly four years ago Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told a crowd, “the $42 billion deficit is a rock upon our chest that we cannot breathe until we get it off.”&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 01:13:00 +0000 Ben Adler 6935 at http://kvpr.org State Analyst: CA Budget Deficit Drops to $1.9 Billion