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Inventory of the California Commission on State Finance Records
R385  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Commission on State Finance Records
    Dates: 1980-1993
    Collection number: R385
    Creator: California State Finance Commission
    Collection Size: 4 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The records of the Commission on State Finance consists of 4 cubic feet of textual records, 3 audiocassette tapes, and 8 projection slides covering the period 1980 through 1993. The files consist primarily of meeting agendas and minutes, reports, roll calls, correspondence and presentations.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Records are open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Commission on State Finance Records, R353.[Series Number], [box and folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The California State Archives acquired the Commission on State Finance Records according to state law.

    Administrative History

    The Commission on State Finance was formed in 1980 as a result of Senate Bill 165 (Chapter 1162 of Statutes 1979). An agency of State government, the Commission on State Finance began operating on January 1, 1980, with the objective of providing the Legislature and the Governor with quarterly forecasts of state revenues, current year expenditures and deficit surpluses, monthly reports on the economy and state tax collections, and annual long term forecasts on the same subjects. The Commission was composed of seven members: the State Treasurer, State Controller, Director of Finance, Speaker of the Assembly, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Assembly Minority Leader and Senate Minority Leader. To fulfill its duties the Commission was empowered to examine state agency records, hold hearings, conduct studies, and compile reports.
    In the 1980s, the Legislature made two changes to the Commission's duties. In 1981, it was to compute the California Necessities Index (CNI) in order to determine cost of living adjustments for Aid to Families with Dependent Children and Supplemental Security Income benefits. The other change came in 1986 when the Commission was charged with the task of drafting a semi-annual report on the impact of federal expenditures in California.
    In 1993, the Governor Pete Wilson used a line item veto to strip the Commission of funding and then vetoed a bill (AB1068) that would extend the Commission for five more years. The reason for this was that many of the Commission's duties duplicated those of the Legislative Analyst and Department of Finance. The Commission officially closed in February 1994.

    Scope and Content

    The records of the Commission on State Finance consists of 4 cubic feet of textual records, 3 audiocassette tapes, and 8 projection slides covering the period 1980 through 1993. The files consist primarily of meeting agendas and minutes, reports, roll calls, correspondence and presentations.
    The scope of the textual records reflects the legislatively-mandated tasks the Commission performed during its existence. For example, meeting files show what took place at each meeting, report and presentation files show the forecasting work done by staff, and correspondence give a sense of the day-to-day operation of the Commission.
    Most series contain reports issued by the Commission. These reports, forecast revenues and expenditures, summarize economic indicators and measure the impact of federal spending in California. The collection will be useful for researchers that are looking for data on California tax revenues and expenditures. Since the Commission was created in response to the revenue surplus created by Governor Jerry Brown, there is a historical context to the records that shows how state finance has evolved since 1980

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California. Commission on State Finance
    State finance report