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The CSAC Bulletin for February 19, 2016
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February 19, 2016 (c)
 

In this Issue


Headlines
  CSAC Board Approves Advocacy Priorities
  A Busy Week: Supervisors to Testify on Three Key Issues
  A New Look for the CSAC Bulletin

Policy Reports
  CSAC Testifies on Impact of Declining Transportation   Revenues
  LAO Report Shows January Revenue Doesn't Live Up to Projections
  MCO Fix: A Work in Progress
  Legislative Analyst’s Office Releases Fiscal Impacts of Proposition 47 Report
  CalPERS’ Pension Prefunding Program Proposal Moves Forward
  Congress Passes County Taxing Authority Restriction
  Jet Fuel Tax Reversal Effort Blocked
  Representation During Performance Evaluations: Still an Open Question
  CDCR Update on Three-Judge Court
  Opportunity to Serve on State Controller’s Tax Committee
  Sacramento County Probation Chief Appointed to CLETS Advisory Committee
  Other Bills of Interest

CSAC News
  From our Blog: Road Crisis Hits Home in Riverside County
  March into Spring with Executive Development Classes from CSAC Institute
  Economic Census Workshops Coming in March
CSAC Board Approves 2016 Advocacy Priorities
The CSAC Board of Directors has unanimously approved the 2016 Advocacy Priorities for the association. The priorities, available on line here, lay out a road map for what CSAC hopes to accomplish this year at both the state and federal level.

“The priorities set the tone for our work effort for the year,” said CSAC’s Legislative Director DeAnn Baker. “They help keep us focused as we go through the budget and legislative seasons.” This year the three main themes for the priorities are local budget stability; economic development and healthy communities; and infrastructure investment.
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A Busy Week: Supervisors to Testify on Three Issues
The week of February 22 is going to be a busy one for CSAC and for several County Supervisors who will be in Sacramento to testify at the Capitol about three of our priority issues. CSAC staff participates in hearings and offers testimony almost on a daily basis during the legislative session, but having elected Supervisors participate really makes a difference.
 
“CSAC staff members are all well-respected, subject-matter experts in their policy areas,” said CSAC’s Legislative Director DeAnn Baker. “But having a county supervisor speak from the heart about something that impacts their communities and constituents helps make the issue more real and immediate. Many State Senators and Assembly members were local elected officials before being elected to the Legislature so they share that perspective with our members.”
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A New Look for the CSAC Bulletin
If you’re a frequent reader of the Bulletin, no doubt you’ve noticed it has a different look today and the content may seem a little different as well. It’s been more than five years since we refreshed the Bulletin, and this new format offers some significant advantages.
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CSAC Testifies on Impacts of Declining Transportation Revenues
CSAC testified at a hearing of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on February16 that was called to discuss transportation project cuts and the updated 2016 State Transportation Improvement Program fund estimate. You will recall that the California Transportation Commission recently deprogrammed about $750 million in transportation projects as a result of sustained decreases in fuel revenues.
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LAO Report Shows January Revenue Doesn’t Live Up to Projections
The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released new estimates for January 2016 revenues showing that major sources of state revenue are not reaching the amounts included in the Governor’s estimates for the month. Both the LAO and the Department of Finance (DOF) make projections, setting the stage for a debate during the budget process about which set of numbers should be the basis for the state’s budget decisions and priorities.
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MCO Fix: A Work in Progress
The Brown Administration continues to make progress on the Managed Care Organization (MCO) fix, reaching a deal with the developmental disabilities services community this week. Ensuring that the developmental community receives additional funding has long been on the Special Session on Health Care to-do list, with legislators from both sides of the aisle insisting on a boost in funding.
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Legislative Analyst’s Office Releases Fiscal Impacts of Proposition 47 Report
The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a report looking at the fiscal impacts of Proposition 47 on the state. Proposition 47, approved by voters in 2014, made significant changes to California’s criminal justice system. The measure reduced the penalties for certain non-violent, non-serious drug and property crimes.
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CalPERS’ Pension Prefunding Program Proposal Moves Forward
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration (Board) today approved the sponsorship of legislation to implement the California Employees’ Pension Prefunding Trust (CEPPT).
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Congress Passes County Taxing Authority Restriction
Congress approved a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), which preempts state and local government authority to tax internet access services. The bill will now head to President Obama’s desk for signature.
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Jet Fuel Tax Reversal Effort Blocked
Initial attempts to reverse the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision on jet fuel sales tax revenue were unsuccessful last week in the House but additional efforts will likely continue this Congressional session.
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Representation During Performance Evaluations: Still an Open Question
The Public Employment Labor Relations Board (PERB) recently heard a case related to whether or not employees have the right to union representation during performance evaluations. The appeal came from a complicated case where an employee received a performance review that included a negative evaluation of his work
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CDCR Update on Three-Judge Court
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has released its February 2016 Three-Judge Panel Status Report with Exhibits.
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Opportunity to Serve on State Controller’s Tax Committee
The State Controller’s County Tax Collecting Procedures Committee is seeking new members to fill vacancies for one county Supervisor and one Auditor/Auditor-Controller position. The Committee was established to assist the Controller in prescribing tax levying and collecting procedures.
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Sacramento County Probation Chief Appointed to CLETS Advisory Committee
The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) respectfully selected Sacramento Chief Probation Officer, Lee Seale as a new committee member to the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) Advisory Committee (CAC).  Chief Seale will replace Kings County Administrator Larry Spikes who served on the CLETS CAC for more than 10 years.
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From Our Blog: Road Crisis Hits Home in Riverside County
California’s roads are in crisis. The funding shortfall to stop the decline of the state’s transportation network is well documented. The state, counties and cities have identified a $14 billion annual shortfall to stop further deterioration and begin repairs to ensure our transportation system remains safe and efficient.
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March into Spring with Executive Development Classes from CSAC Institute
Continue your professional development through the courses offered exclusively for California counties from CSAC Institute. The classes expand your capacity to manage, lead and govern in complex and ambiguous times. From understanding pension systems and county finances to recruiting senior executives and leading organizations through crises … some great classes are ahead at the Institute next month. 
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Economic Census Workshops Coming in March
For those interested in learning more about the economic data collected by the U.S. Census and how to use that data to spur economic development and help create business plans, a series of workshops across the state next month are just the ticket.
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Bills of Interest
Find bills of interest to counties at CSAC's legislative tracking page.
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Job Openings
Click here to see the latest county and local government job postings.
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