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The 2024-25 Budget: Judicial Branch

February 23, 2024 - This post provides an overview of the Governor’s 2024-25 proposed funding levels for the judicial branch and our assessments and recommendations on a proposal to provide $19 million ongoing General Fund to support self-help centers.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Deficit Update

February 20, 2024 - This report provides an update on the size of the state deficit based on our recent revenue projections and provides options for the Legislature to address that larger deficit.

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The 2024-25 Budget: County Probation Grants to Support Temporary Increase in the Supervision Population

February 20, 2024 - In this post, we evaluate the Governor's proposal to provide $4.4 million to county probation departments to support the temporary increase in the Post Release Community Supervision population resulting from Proposition 57 (2016).

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The 2024-25 Budget: Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

February 20, 2024 - We analyze the Governor's proposals for new spending at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Food Assistance Programs

February 16, 2024 - This post provides background and caseload trend updates for the state’s major food assistance programs--CalFresh and the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP)--and analyzes the Governor’s proposed food assistance budget, which includes no major new proposals.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Department of Justice

February 9, 2024 - This post provides an overview of the Governor’s 2024-25 proposed funding levels for the Department of Justice. It also provides our assessment and recommendations on a proposed $100 million loan from the state Litigation Deposit Fund to the state General Fund.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Establishing the Office of the Inspector General for the High-Speed Rail Authority

February 8, 2024 - In this post, we analyze a proposal to provide funding to launch a fully functioning High-Speed Rail Office of the Inspector General.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program

February 8, 2024 - In this post, we provide some background on the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program, followed by an overview of the Governor's 2024-25 budget proposals and assumptions for SSI/SSP.

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The 2024-25 Budget: Medi-Cal Fiscal Outlook

December 7, 2023 - This post provides our annual fiscal outlook for General Fund spending in Medi-Cal. It summarizes our projections, describes the major factors driving our projections, and highlights key uncertainties.

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The 2023-24 California Spending Plan: Proposition 98 and K-12 Education

November 28, 2023 - This post summarizes overall Proposition 98 funding and K-12 education spending in the 2023-24 budget package. It is part of our Spending Plan series, which contains posts focused on each major sector of the state budget.

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The 2023-24 California Spending Plan: Child Care and State Preschool

November 17, 2023 - This post summarizes the state’s 2023-24 spending package for child care and preschool. It is part of our Spending Plan series, which contains posts focused on each major sector of the state budget.

Update (12/20/23): Corrected total child care program costs in Figure 1.

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The 2023-24 California Spending Plan: Other Provisions

November 8, 2023 - This post discusses features of the state's spending plan that were not covered elsewhere in the 2023-24 Spending Plan series.

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The 2023-24 California Spending Plan: Human Services

November 6, 2023 - The 2023-24 spending plan provides over $30 billion from the General Fund for human services programs. This is an increase of nearly $7 billion, or 30 percent, compared to the revised prior-year spending level.

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California’s Cap-and-Trade Program: Frequently Asked Questions

October 24, 2023 - This post answers commonly asked questions about cap-and-trade—one of the state’s key programs to address greenhouse gas emissions—and the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

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The 2023-24 California Spending Plan: Health

October 23, 2023 - This post summarizes overall spending in the 2023-24 budget package for health programs. It is part of our California Spending Plan series, which contains posts focused on each major sector of the state budget.