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The CSAC Bulletin for February 26, 2016
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February 26, 2016

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Top Headlines
  - CSAC Goes to Washington
  - More from the NACo Legislative Conference

Policy Reports
 - MCO Fix Could Get Floor Vote on Monday
 - Gas Excise Tax to Fall by 2.2 Cents in July – Counties to Lose $74 Million
 - January Revenues Lag Projections
 - LAO Releases Report on Governor’s Criminal Justice Proposals
 - Economic Development in Focus for Assembly Informational Hearings
 - Policy Briefs
 - Other Bills of Interest

CSAC News
  - From Our Blog: 2-1-1 Creates Connections in San Diego & Imperial Counties
 - CSAC Institute Courses for March and April
 - County Whole Person Care Webinar a Huge Success; Materials Available
CSAC Goes to Washington
CSAC leaders, along with dozens of other California county officials, were in Washington, D.C. this past week for the National Association of Counties' (NACo) Legislative Conference.  The event is held on an annual basis and brings over 2,000 elected and appointed officials from across the country to focus on key federal policy issues facing county government.
 
During their time in the nation's capital, CSAC officers and staff met with key members of Congress to discuss the association's federal legislative priorities for 2016.   
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Get our Federal Issues Update here.
More from the NACo Legislative Conference
The 2016 NACo Legislative Conference had a great turnout this year with more than 1,600 county officials in attendance.The conference showcased NACo’s new “Counties Matter” campaign designed to communicate the essential role counties play in everyday life. 
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MCO Fix Could Get Floor Vote on Monday
Does that headline sound familiar? It should, since that is what we have been saying and publishing about the Governor’s proposed Managed Care Organization (MCO) fix since mid-January. However, there has been measurable and visible progress on the Governor’s proposal, and both houses are slated to vote on the package on Monday.
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Gas Excise Tax to Fall by 2.2 Cents in July –
Counties to Lose $74 Million
The Board of Equalization took action to set the gasoline excise tax rate for 2016-17. Due to the complex gasoline tax swap, the Board is charged with setting a revenue-neutral rate with the former state sales tax on gasoline by March of each year. The BOE used estimates from the Governor’s January budget estimates and cut the rate 2.2-cents based largely on projections of gas prices between July 2016 and June 2017. Counties stand to see their road maintenance funding from the price-based excise tax decrease by $74 million over this period.
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January Revenues Lag Projections
The California Department of Finance (DOF) released its monthly revenue report, showing that monthly General Fund revenues came in $148 million (1.1%) below forecast.
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LAO Releases Report on Governor’s Criminal Justice Proposals
The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) has recently released a report on The 2016-17 Budget: Governor’s Criminal Justice Proposals. The report provides an analysis of the Governor’s budget proposals for state public safety departments and programs which totals $15.6 billion from various funding sources.
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Economic Development in Focus for Assembly Informational Hearings
Economic development is a hot topic in the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies; the landscape of tools and options available is dramatically different than it was just a few years ago. The topic is receiving additional attention as economic recovery is uneven across California.
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Policy Briefs
The Impact of Theft Penalties on Property and Larceny Crime Rates
  Trial Court Revenue Distribution Trainings and Collections Update
 
Other Bills of Interest
Bills of interest to counties from all policy areas and a link to our legislative tracking reports.
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From Our Blog: 2-1-1 Creates Connections in San Diego & Imperial Counties
2-1-1 San Diego/Imperial recently celebrated the grand opening of the 2-1-1 Connections Center, the state-of-the-art facility equipped with incubator space to foster greater collaboration among community partners to create new and improved ways to better serve the community and expand a 2-1-1 person-centric model.
CSAC Institute Courses for March and April
Check out these great courses offered by the CSAC institute coming up in March and April, and get more details at the Institutes website.
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County Whole Person Care Webinar a Huge Success; Materials Available
More than 300 participants joined the CSAC, CAPH, CBHDA, CHEAC, CWDA, LHPC, SEIU California and the Corporation for Supportive Housing webinar on the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot opportunity within the new Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver.
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Job Openings
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