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May 29, 1996
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday boosted the salary of its chief legislative analyst by about $18,000. Ron Deaton, who earns an annual salary of $155,243, is slated for a raise of about $9,000 starting July 1 and another $9,000 increase starting Jan. 1. The boost was made possible by the council's unanimous decision to change the salary range for the post and put the position in the same pay category as the city's other top management jobs.
April 22, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A top advisor to Los Angeles lawmakers announced Tuesday he plans to retire after decades working in city government. "This decision does not reflect any dissatisfaction with the city," Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller wrote in a Tuesday letter to the City Council. "After nearly 30 years and much thought I have decided that it is time to move on to explore other interests and spend more time with my spouse and family. " In the letter, Miller expressed mixed emotions and said his last day would be Aug. 29. He did not immediately return a call Tuesday seeking additional comment.
August 20, 1986 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
Elizabeth G. Hill, 36, who began analyzing state budgets 10 years ago, was appointed legislative analyst Tuesday, becoming the Legislature's top nonpartisan adviser on the budget and other fiscal matters. Hill, who is eight months pregnant and will soon begin maternity leave, is the first woman to hold the $87,552-a-year post and only the fourth legislative analyst since the position was created in 1941.
January 13, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal would continue to improve California's finances, but his plans for financing bullet train construction and a lack of new money for the cash-strapped teacher pension system are troublesome, the Legislative Analyst's Office said Monday. A report from the office, which provides nonpartisan budget advice to lawmakers, said Brown's $155-billion spending blueprint correctly emphasizes paying down debt incurred during state budget crises.
February 23, 1989 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
Legislative Analyst Elizabeth G. Hill called Wednesday for repeal of the voter-approved state spending limit and an increase in the gasoline tax. She also sharply criticized Gov. George Deukmejian's budget-balancing proposals.
The mission of the California Coastal Commission to protect the state's coastline is being hampered by a lack of money and manpower, said Elizabeth Hill, state legislative analyst. "Our analysis indicates that the commission has significantly fewer resources to devote to regulatory activities today than it did eight years ago," Hill told the Legislature last week. Hill, the Legislature's nonpartisan budget adviser, made the comments as part of her review of the $53.
California's independent legislative analyst Elizabeth Hill on Thursday issued a qualified but generally rosy assessment of the state's financial future, crediting rising revenues and declining welfare rolls as major factors in restoring fiscal health to state government.
March 1, 1986 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
Legislative Analyst William G. Hamm announced Friday that he is quitting his $83,380-a-year post as the Legislature's nonpartisan chief fiscal adviser to take a position with the state's sixth-largest savings and loan association. Hamm, 43, reportedly will receive a six-figure salary as vice president of operations analysis with World Savings & Loan Assn. in Oakland, which has $11.5 billion in assets. He plans to leave in mid-April. "It's a good opportunity," Hamm said of his new job.
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) has ended months of uncertainty and quietly granted a reprieve to the Legislature's watchdog staff of fiscal advisers, it was learned Thursday. In an unpublicized action, Brown agreed to provide $1.7 million as the Assembly's half of the proposed $3.4-million budget needed to keep the office of the legislative analyst in business for at least one more year.
November 21, 1997 | From Associated Press
More Californians have jobs, fewer are on welfare and the state's economy is surging--a rosy picture that should last at least for the next couple of years, the Legislature's top fiscal advisor said Thursday. Legislative analyst Elizabeth Hill said California's budget will remain in balance, despite tax cuts and the boost in spending that will probably accompany the expanding revenues.
November 14, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Although a modest deficit will linger into next year, California's finances are poised for marked improvement as the state reaps the benefits of newly approved taxes and the economy continues to recover, the Legislature's top budget advisor said Wednesday. Schools can expect more money eventually, and the state may even start to see surpluses, according to Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor, who provides nonpartisan counsel to lawmakers. He said a healthier budget should then allow officials to turn their attention to California's other chronic financial issues, such as an unstable tax base and an expensive debt burden.
October 31, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Whoever it was who coined "Lies, damn lies and statistics" didn't trust numbers. You won't find Mac Taylor subscribing to that. He's the state legislative analyst; his name is there in your ballot pamphlet as the source of independent information about ballot measures and their potential cost to taxpayers. He's had the top job in that office for four years, but the California native joined the effort, fresh from Princeton with a master's degree in public affairs, the same year Jerry Brown was elected governor - the first time.
September 24, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials promised Monday to take new steps to protect the city's interests in pending agreements for a new downtown NFL stadium now that the company looking to develop the project has been put up for sale. With a final vote on the $1.5-billion stadium and convention center upgrade set for Friday, Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller told a City Council panel that he was drafting language to make sure whoever gains control of Anschutz Entertainment Group - the sports and entertainment giant proposing the project - has experience running major sports venues.
May 23, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — Some of California's share of the money from a national legal settlement with big mortgage lenders can be used to help fill a hole in the governor's proposed budget, the Legislature's nonpartisan policy advisor recommended. The legislative analyst's office reported Tuesday that $411 million should be used for a variety of purposes. Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, who reached the settlement together with other state attorneys general, wanted to use most of the $411 million on financial counseling and education.
May 22, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Part of California's share of a national legal settlement with five big mortgage banks can be used to help fill a $15.7-billion hole in the governor's proposed budget, the state Legislature's non-partisan policy advisor recommended. The Legislative Analyst's Office on Tuesday reported that the $411 million should be used for a variety of general purposes in the current spending year and the one that begins July 1. Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, who reached the settlement with other state chief law officers, wanted to use about one-tenth of the $411 million to defray her department's legal costs and the balance on mortgage-related financial counseling and education.
April 18, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
The plan to build a bullet train has so many funding uncertainties and so many other details that remain unclear that the state should delay any decision this year to commit billions of dollars to the project, the nonpartisan research branch of the Legislature recommended Tuesday. The tough advice came on the day before two key legislative committees are to examine the plan and an accompanying request by Gov. Jerry Brown for funding to start a $6-billion construction segment in the Central Valley.
Kicking off debate over Gov. Pete Wilson's proposed $73-billion budget, Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill on Wednesday undercut Wilson's call to extend the school year by seven days, saying that there is no proof students' performance would improve. In an analysis of Wilson's proposed 1998-99 budget prepared for the Legislature, Hill described California's economy as the strongest in a decade.
November 15, 2007 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Saying spending is poised to grow more than 50% faster than revenues, the state's chief budget analyst called on lawmakers Wednesday to immediately begin cutting government programs or raising taxes to address a budget shortfall that has ballooned to $10 billion. Nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Elizabeth G.
March 26, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
California school districts issue more pink slips than necessary and the state should consider alternatives to seniority-based layoffs, according to a report from the state legislative analyst's office. In the report, released last week, the nonpartisan analyst said that because state and local budget information is available only after the initial deadline for districts to send out layoff notices, more pink slips are issued than may be needed. The initial notices are required by state law to be sent out by March 15. This month, the Los Angeles Unified School District sent about 11,700 layoff notices to teachers and other staff.
March 7, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
California's distressed state budget will have to allot more than $700 million each year to repay billions of dollars that officials plan to borrow to build the first phase of a proposed bullet train, a nonpartisan government research office has found. The repayment projection by the state legislative analyst's office includes principal and interest on $9.95 billion in high-speed rail bonds approved by voters in 2008. The figure is higher than in the past — partly because of higher borrowing rates — and does not count millions of dollars already being paid annually on about $500 million in debt incurred to plan the system.
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