When Gov. Jerry Brown was asked last week about the reliability of his revenue estimates, which came in higher than he initially projected, Brown responded that while revenue may be outperforming expectations, costs are higher than expected, too.
The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst Friday estimated that state general fund revenue through next June will be $2.5 billion higher than what Gov. Jerry Brown predicted in his revised spending plan earlier this week.
Gov. Jerry Brown urged members of the Assembly’s budget panel Monday to support his plan for a new rainy-day reserve before voters in November, with a floor vote on the proposal possible as early as mid-May.
California faces a “civil rights crisis” because of years of funding reductions for the judicial branch, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Monday afternoon during her third State of the Judiciary Address.
Californias pot of school bond money may be empty, but school and community college districts have more than $37 billion in authorized but unspent school-construction bonds, according to a report by the states debt commission.
Assembly Democrats presented a 2014 budget agenda Wednesday that calls for using billions in projected new revenue to pay down debt and build an $8 billion reserve by 2017, while also proposing spending increases for California schools, hospitals and other programs.
California Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and a colleague have asked for a committee hearing to examine the state’s efforts to detect food stamp fraud.
One way of measuring state spending is by looking at its relationship to the overall economy. Over the years, general fund spending has ranged from just under 6 percent to over 7 percent.
A look at the areas of the state budget that grew the most.
Bee Columnist Dan Walters walks you through some mileposts on the road to this year's state budget stalemate.
Data on the state's general fund growth.