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.
California and Federal Dollars: A Two-Way Street
This post shows how federal funding plays a critical role in California, supporting a substantial share of state and county budgets, and also highlights our state’s significant contributions to the national economy.
First Look: The 2017-18 State Budget
This report examines the enacted state budget package for 2017-18, the fiscal year that began on July 1. Our “first look” analysis discusses key components of the new state budget, including expansion of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), continued reinvestment in early care and education, and others.
Understanding California’s New Transportation Package
This post examines the state’s recently enacted $54 billion transportation package, summarizing how the package works and how the dollars are to be allocated.