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California May budget revision on state government

California May budget revision on state government

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GovERNMENT
a.,
-
ver
the
last
yearand
ahalf,
significant
operationalchanges
have
downsizedstate
ixi,
,=government
and
achieved
efficiencies.
The Governor'sBudget
built
on
thesechangesbyproposrng
a
comprehensivepackageof additional
efficiencies,
includingstreamlinrng
the state's
organizational
structure,
eliminatingunnecessaryboards
and
commissions,
andrmproving budgetaccountability
and
transparency.
TheMay
Revision
furthers these efforts
as
descrrbed
below.TheMay
Revision alsorncludesreductions
in
externalcontracts,
the
use
of
retrred
annuitants,
and
employeecompensation.
IupnovrNc
SrATr
GovEnNMENT
.
Governor'sReorganization
Plan-On
May 3,2012,
lhe
Governor
submittedto the
Legrslaturean
expansive
plan
to
streamlrne
thestate's
organizational structureand make
it
morecohesive,accessible,and
efficient.
The
plan
cuts
the
number
of
stateagencies
from'12
to
10
and
consolidates
and
alignsrelatedprogramsand
departments.
ln April,
the
plan
was
sent to
the
Little
HooverCommission
to review
as
partof
the statutory
reorganization
process.
The
Commission
is
expected
to
submrtits
findings
andrecommendations
to
the
Legislature on
or
about
May
22,2012.
Upon
implementation,the
Governor's
plan
will
improve themanagementandcoordination
of
governmentactivities,
which will
facilitate
furtherefficiencies
andreducecosts.Elimination
of
Boards
and
Commrssions-The
May
Revisron
proposes
to
eliminate
22boards,commissions,
and
advisorygroups
that
have been identrfied
as
outdated,
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defunct,
or duplrcative.These, along
with
those
elimrnated
rn
the
2011
BudgetAct
andproposed
for
elimination
in
the
Governor'sBudget,
will
bring
the total
elrmination
of stateentities
andprograms
to
more than
80
since
2010-'11.
lmprove
theBudget Processthrough Zero-Basing and
Other
Iools-Executtve
Order
B-13-1'1
directed
theDepartment
of
Finance
to
develop
budget
methods
that
require
more
informationaboutprogram
performance
in
the
annual
budget
process.
Working
with
theDepartment
of
Financeand
the
Legislature,
the departments
ofTransportation,HumanResources, ConsumerAffairs, and Public Health
will
incorporate
an
outcome-basedapproachinto thetr traditionalbudgetprocess.The
Administration
has
alreadyconducted
a
zero-based
reviewof
several
departments
andprograms,
and
wrll undertake
more reviews
rn
the
coming
year.
Eliminate
Unnecessary
Reports-Departments
and
agencies spend
significant
effort
tracking,prepanng,and
submitting
reports
to
the
Legislature about
state
programsandactivitres
that
may nolonger
be
of
value.Alldepartmentsconducted
an
extensive
reviewofreporting
requirements andidentrfied
700
legislativereportsthatareunnecessary,or already
met
reportrng requirements,
that
should
be
elimtnated.
Srarr
$ToRrroncE
,
Reduce Reliance on External
Contracts-To
achievesavings,
the
Administration
wrll
reduce
its
use
of
externalstate
contracts.
Specifically,it
will
decreasevendor
support
for
rnformatron
technology
oversight by developingprofessional
expertise
in
the
state
workforce.
lnaddition,
the Department of
General Services,
in
consultatron
with
departments,wtll
evaluate
all
personalservices
contracts,
includinglanrtorial
and
security
services,
and
transition that
work to state
employees
where
appropriate.
Eliminate
Non
Essential
Hiring
of
Retired
Annuitants-The
Administration
will
direct
all
departments
to
review
their
use
of
RetiredAnnuitantsand
othertemporaryemployees.
Onlythose
that
havebeen deemedcrittcal
to
the
department's
coremission
will
be
retatned.
PermanentlyReducethe State
Workforce-More
than
15,000positions
were
eliminatedin
2011-12
through budgetreductions.
A
department-by-departmentreview
of
historrc
vacancies
identified
an
additional
11,000
positionsthat
will
be
permanentlyeliminated
in
the
May
Revision. This
adjustmentwill
accurately
reflect department staffinglevels.
lncludrng all reductionsproposed
in
the
2012-'13
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M.EvRrvrsroN
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2012-13
 
Budget,
the
Brown
Administrationwrll
have
achieved
a
total
reduction
of
more
than
30,000
positions.Employee
Compensation-The
May
Revrsion
proposessavings of
$839.1
million($401.7millronGeneralFund)inemployeecompensation,
equivalentto
a
5percentreductionin
pay.
ln
the
comrng
weeks, theAdministrationwill work
wtth
labor
organizations
to
achteve
these savings.lt
is
theAdministration's
intention
to
avotd
a
furlough
program
and
to
mrtrgate
layoffs.
To
this
end,
theAdministration will
pursue
theimplementation
of
a
four-day, 38-hour
workweek
for
themajority
ofstate employees
to
achieve
the
necessary savings.Thefour-day
workweek
with
longer
work
hours
will
allow
stategovernment
to
continue
to
serve
the
public
by
providingaccess
to
services outsideof tradrtional
work
hours.
This schedule
will
alsoreduce
energy
usage
in
state-owned
andleased
buildings.
The Administration
will
pursue
commensurate
reductions
in
work
hoursand
pay
for
employees of
entitiesthat
operate24hours
a day,7
days
a
week when implementation
of thefour-day
workweek
is not
feasrble.
In
addition,
the
Admintstratton
wtll
continue
to
pursuechanges
to
health coverage
for
employeesandretirees
to
reduce
costsforboth
employees
and
the state.Absent
changes,health
care
costs are expectedtoincrease
by
10
percent
in
the
coming
year.
RrnucuoNs
rN
SpEcIAL
FUND
Pnocnlus
The
May
Revrsron
proposes
thefollowing
reductions
to departmentsfunded
by
specialfunds:Departmentof
General
Services-A
decrease
of
$108.4million
specialfunds
and
45.5
positions
to
reflect
savlngs
in
the
following
areas:
.
S75
millronreducedexpendrtureauthority
forthe
Natural
GasProgram.
.
Adecrease
of
$15.4million
for the Officeof
StatePublishingbyincreasinguseofautomation
and
technology,
restructuring
procurement processes,and consolidatingspace
needs.
.
Adecrease
of$6.7
million
for
the
Real
Estate ServicesDivistonprograms
by
streamlining
submittal
processes,renegotiating leases, and reducing
travel.
.
Adecrease
of$6.3
million
for
the
BuildingRegulation Servrcesbyincreasing theuse of
technology
and
eliminatingduplicativemeetings.
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