A new report from a longtime advisory group to state lawmakers examines long-term fiscal and policy issues facing California, including the state’s role in technology.
Key fiscal and policy issues facing CaliforniaThe report, released Wednesday by the Legislative Analysis Office (LAO), focuses on long-term issues that typically don’t change year-over-year, and seeks to “improve the current and future well-being of Californians with an eye toward possible legislative action.” We are investigating the key factors influencing A year. For more than 80 years, the Bureau has provided bipartisan fiscal and policy advice to Congress. Here we examine her three key areas: economic growth and opportunity. Health, safety and welfare. and fiscal health, governance and oversight. Use numbers 1 and 3 to take a closer look at the role of the state in technology. The main points are as follows.
- What LAO calls the state’s “technology-driven information industry” currently contributes the highest value to California’s gross domestic product of any industry in the state, the paper said. Technology is also transforming industries like clean energy and life sciences, benefiting the state’s efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change and improve population health. However, the rise of technology has increased residents’ expectations for state government operations, programs, and services to be as convenient and responsive as those in the private sector. LAOs believe that their preferences influence state efforts to make government more effective and efficient, and ensure that state government IT systems and technology properly implement laws, policies, and procedures. They write that they are essential and, in many cases, essential to the execution of critical government programs and services. State technology spending has increased as well, but recruiting and retaining staff is a challenge. Maintaining Cybersecurity. And it remains to modernize “decades-old technology” without interruption.
According to the LAO, the main legislative considerations are:
- How California can advance technological innovation while addressing disparities. According to the LAO, achieving equitable growth and opportunity through technology may require legal investment and prioritization of infrastructure projects. Current examples include recent investments in broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas.
- How states can effectively modernize and stabilize government technology. As IT systems and technology become central to state government, how they are planned, developed, and implemented becomes a key area of legislative oversight. Effectively and efficiently integrating the latest technology into state operations requires legislators to evaluate the state’s planning and procurement processes and simplify the state’s laws, policies, and regulations that inform system requirements and technology needs. You may need to
- How can nations reduce the harms and risks of technological change? Doing so through new policies and regulations merits legislative consideration, LAO said. Determining appropriate safeguards for a particular technology may require lawmakers to fund research into the harms and risks of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence.
- What role does California play in supporting new technology and preparing for change? Changes that will or will impact the economy and labor market include adaptation to climate change, the role that artificial intelligence will play in all sectors, and an increasingly digital labor market. A possible role or capacity for the state is to take steps to retrain workers whose jobs have been disrupted by new technologies. Fund local efforts to prepare for climate change. Or you can chart a career pipeline into an emerging but uncertain field of work.