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Is state spending out of control?

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.

Fiscal year general fund spending* as a percentage of personal income

1981-82: 6.78% $21.7 billion

1985-86: 6.43% $28.8 billion

1990-91: 6.21% $40.3 billion

1995-96: 5.93% $45.4 billion

2000-01: 7.07% $78.1 billion

2002-03: 6.75% $77.5 billion

2005-06: 6.80% $91.6 billion

2007-08: 6.82% $103.5 billion

2008-09: 5.99% $94.5 billion

* Not adjusted for inflation. Source: California Department of Finance

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