Navigating the State Budget Process

Understanding the process by which policymakers craft California’s state spending plan each year is important for staying engaged in the debate. As part of its annual budget workshop and preview in Sacramento last week, the California Budget Project (CBP) released a new infographic that illustrates what happens when and shows the roles and major activities of the Governor, the Legislature, and the public in the year-round budget cycle. A full-size version (PDF) of this infographic is available here.

Navigating the State Budget Process

This infographic also appears in an update of the CBP’s publication, Dollars and Democracy: A Guide to the State Budget Process. In addition to highlighting key facts about our state budget, Dollars and Democracy discusses the constitutional framework for the budget process, defines important terms and concepts, and looks in depth at the main activities and timeline of the budget process.