Budget choices should reflect our collective values, priorities, and ideals, and this depends on budget deliberations that are fact-based. The Budget Center works to make budget issues — and the budget process itself — more accessible and easier to understand, so as to broaden participation in the debate and foster policies that work for all Californians, especially low- and middle-income individuals and families.
First Look: May Revision Includes Some Key Advances, but There Is Still Significant Room for Additional Investment
This “first look” analysis examines Governor Brown’s revised state budget proposal for 2018-19, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2018.
Since 2007-08, Spending Per State Prisoner Has Increased More Than Twice as Fast as Spending Per K-12 Student
This Data Hit shows that spending per state prisoner has outpaced spending per K-12 student in California and that ongoing overcrowding in prisons has resulted in higher costs per prisoner.
CalWORKs Grants Are Overdue for a Significant Investment
This Fact Sheet shows that CalWORKs grants remain below the federal deep-poverty line. The 2018-19 proposed state budget does not increase grant amounts or reinstate the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) despite the fact that state revenues are projected to exceed expenditures by billions of dollars.