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: Governor’s Budget Proposal Advances Key Priorities, Leaves Opportunities to Invest in Californians
This “First Look” analysis summarizes key provisions of Governor Newsom’s Proposed 2020-21 Budget. State leaders have the opportunity to make additional investments to help the many Californians who are struggling to live and work in our communities.
Dollars and Democracy: A Guide to the State Budget Process
A comprehensive guide to the California state budget process: we provide an overview of the year-round state budget cycle, detail the roles of the key players, and lay out the timeline for state budgeting as well as opportunities for input.
Five Key Facts About California’s Soon-to-Expire “MCO Tax”
This blog post discusses how a state tax on managed care organizations has major implications for the state budget. This analysis notes that if the tax is allowed to expire, the capacity of the state budget to support public services and systems, such as child care for working families and higher education, will be reduced.