Public Schools – Not Corrections – Account for Largest Share of State Budget

Quick – what’s the biggest “piece” of California’s state budget pie? Nearly half (47 percent) of Californians think it’s prisons and corrections, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California survey. In fact, the largest share of California’s budget – 41 cents out of every state dollar – goes to public schools under the Governor’s Proposed 2012-13 Budget. In contrast, less than 10 cents out of every state dollar goes to prisons, and that share is likely to drop in coming years due to the recent “realignment” of public safety responsibilities from the state to the counties.

These and other essential facts will be highlighted at the CBP’s upcoming briefing, “Measuring Up: The Social and Economic Context of the Governor’s Proposed 2012-13  Budget,” which will be held on Friday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To reserve your seat, click here. Hope to see you there.

—Scott Graves