BILL ANALYSIS Ó Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair SB 907 (Evans) Hearing Date: 05/26/2011 Amended: 05/03/2011 Consultant: Mark McKenzie Policy Vote: G&F 6-2 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: SB 907 would establish the Master Plan for Infrastructure Financing and Development Commission, if funds are appropriated for this purpose, to develop and recommend a plan to the Governor and Legislature by December 31, 2013 that provides for financing, building, and maintaining the infrastructure necessary to meet California's social, economic, and resource needs through 2050. This bill would: Specify the 11 members of the commission, including the treasurer, six members appointed by the governor, two members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly; and two members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. Require the appointment of a full-time chair of the commission and authorize a salary for the chair of up to $150,000 annually. Require the appointment of an executive director, with a salary of up to $150,000 annually, and authorize the loaning of staff with relevant experience from other state agencies, local government, and private nonprofit organizations. Specify numerous administrative and governance requirements of the commission, including the establishment of task forces on planning and finance, transportation, housing, natural resources, and education to provide analysis and recommendations to the commission. Require the commission to develop long-term guidelines for state infrastructure needs and a prioritized plan that meets those needs. Key components would include projections of population and economic trends, assessments of capital needs for various areas, and development of a recommended financing plan. Require the commission to submit its final report to the Governor and Legislature by December 1, 2013, and to dissolve 30 days thereafter. Make the bill's requirements contingent upon a Budget Act appropriation from the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC) Fund. _________________________________________________________________ SB 907 (Evans) Page 1 ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Fund New Commission $650 $350 Special* ____________ * California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission Fund (specified in the bill). _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: SUSPENSE FILE. Existing law requires the governor to annually submit a five-year infrastructure plan to the Legislature. The plan must contain Identification of infrastructure requested by agencies; aggregate funding for transportation; infrastructure needs for K-12 education; instructional facility needs for UC, CSU, and the Community Colleges; and the cost of providing the infrastructure, sources of funding, and impact on the state's debt position. The last five-year infrastructure report was issued in 2008, and the current Administration indicates that it will issue an updated report in 2012. Governor Schwarzenegger issued the California Strategic Growth Plan in 2007 and 2008, which outlined the state's infrastructure needs over the next two decades. Existing law also requires the Governor's Office of Planning and Research to prepare a State Environmental Goals and Policy Report every four years, which looks at state growth and development over the next 20 to 30 years and includes approved environmental goals and policies. The last Environmental Goals and Policy Report that a Governor approved, however, was An Urban Strategy for California (1978). SB 907 is intended to provide a more dynamic mechanism for studying the state's infrastructure needs with a broader view and for a longer planning window than existing efforts. The bill requires the plan to include a process for periodical adjustments of the type, distribution, and priority of infrastructure projects to meet changing circumstances. In addition to the full-time chair and executive positions identified in the bill, the commission would likely need additional full-time staff, which may include contracts for outside experts, as specified. The bill also authorizes staff SB 907 (Evans) Page 2 to be loaned from other relevant state agencies. The borrowing of staff whose core function may be dedicated to other state services may be infeasible, resulting in loss of productivity in departments that are currently undergoing staff reductions. To the extent staff are redirected from other state departments to the commission, those affected departments would experience staff cost pressures. Staff estimates that total costs for dedicated staff, contracts for consultants, and ongoing operations would be in the range of $1 million over the life of the commission. Costs could be higher to the extent that the commission is unable to borrow staff from other agencies. Since the bill requires an appropriation from the CDIAC fund prior to implementing any of the bill's requirements, these costs would likely not be incurred until a budget is approved for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Staff notes that this bill is substantially similar to AB 2579 (Evans), which was held under submission in the Assembly Appropriations Committee last year.