Ann Hollingshead
(916) 319-8305
State Budget and Federal Funding
Carolyn Chu
(916) 319-8326
Chief Deputy Legislative Analyst


State Budget Condition

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Supplemental Report of the 2010-11 Budget Package (Updated)

October 19, 2010 - Statements of legislative intent and requests for studies adopted during deliberations on the 2010-11 budget package. (This report was updated February, 2010.)


Major Features of the California Budget

October 12, 2010 - This publication summarizes the 2010-11 budget package passed by the California Legislature on October 8, 2010, including the effects of the Governor's vetoes.


Overview of the May Revision, Assembly, and Senate Budget Plans [Revised]

June 4, 2010 - Presented to The Conference Committee on the Budget


Overview of the Economy, Revenues, and Spending [Revised]

June 4, 2010 - Presented to Conference Committee on the Budget by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor. Provides a historical perspective on the economy, revenues and General Fund expenditures.


Webcast: Overview of the 2010-11 May Revision

May 18, 2010 - Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor's press conference in which he discusses the LAO report "The 2010-11 Budget: Overview of the May Revision."


Overview of the 2010-11 May Revision

May 18, 2010 - In the May Revision, the administration identifies a $17.9 billion gap between current-law resources and expenditures in California's 2010-11 General Fund budget. This estimate is reasonable. In addressing the shortfall, the Legislature should reject the Governor's most drastic spending cuts, especially his proposed elimination of CalWORKs and child care funding. Alternative spending reductions could help sustain critical components of these core programs for the state's neediest families, and some of the Governor's most severe cuts could be avoided by adopting selected revenue increases. The report also describes the Legislature's options in deciding how much education spending the state can afford in this difficult budget year, when elected leaders also need to focus on longer-term policy changes that will better prepare California to cope with future economic downturns.

(Video of press conference)


Revenues and the 2010-11 Budget

May 10, 2010 - Presented at the Assembly Budget Committee hearing on Budget Options: Tax Structure and Tax Expenditures. May 11, 2010.


The State Budget: The California State Budget Crisis—The Possibility of Improvement

April 21, 2010 - Presented at the Latina Action Day, April 21, 2010.


The 2010-11 Budget

March 26, 2010 - We will release several reports aimed at addressing the 2010-11 budget situation. These will include Proposition 98 and K-12 Education, Higher Education, Health and Social Services, Resources, Transportation, and Criminal Justice.


March 2010 Fiscal Update

March 19, 2010 - This memo provides a high level description of our view of the state's budget situation, including comments on the economy, revenues, and expenditure trends.


Education and California's Budget

February 19, 2010 - A presentation on California's budget, economic outlook, and education funding. Presented at the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association Chief Business Officials Conference in Sacramento on February 19, 2010.


Webcast: Mac Taylor Discusses the LAO's Overview of the 2010-11 Governor's Budget

January 12, 2010 - Mac Taylor's press conference in which he discusses the LAO's Overview of the 2010-11 Governor's Budget


The 2010-11 Budget: Overview of the Governor’s Budget

January 12, 2010 - The Governor proposes $19.9 billion of budget solutions in 2009-10 and 2010-11 to address the budget shortfall and create a $1 billion reserve. While it is reasonable to assume the state will secure some new federal funding and flexibility, the chances that the state will receive all of what the Governor seeks from Washington are almost non-existent. The Legislature should assume that federal relief will be billions of dollars less than the Governor wants—necessitating that it make more very difficult decisions affecting both state revenues and spending. Many of this year's budget solutions will require significant time for departments to implement. Therefore, the Legislature and the Governor need to agree to a framework to solve much of the budget problem by the end of March.

(Video of Mac Taylor's press conference)


California’s Budget Situation

December 4, 2009 - California’s Budget Situation, presented by Mac Taylor to the California School Boards Association on December 4, 2009.


Webcasts: California's Fiscal Outlook

November 18, 2009 - Five brief webcasts summarizing our 2010-11 Fiscal Outlook publication. Includes: (1) Overview, (2) Methodology, (3) Correction/Prisons, (4) Proposition 98, and (5) Higher Education.