Capitol Alert: Brown's blueprint reflects 12 percent hike in pre-recession spending
01/09/2014 9:51 AM
10/20/2014 2:06 PM
California budgets became a thicket of funding shifts, loans and other fiscal maneuvers after the recession gutted the state's tax revenue. Overall, though, state spending would be up 12 percent from pre-recession levels under Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget.
This week's plan includes about $154.9 billion in total spending in 2014-15, which reflects expenditures paid by the general fund ($106.8 billion), special funds (almost $44 billion) and bond money ($4.2 billion.)
In the 2007-08 plan passed by lawmakers before the recession hit, total spending was about $138 billion — $103 billion general fund, $26.7 billion special funds, and $8.4 billion bond funds.
The chart below shows total spending by fiscal year since 2007-08, with sharp drops during the deepest part of the recession.
Source: California budget summaries
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