Capitol Alert: Brown's blueprint reflects 12 percent hike in pre-recession spending

jmiller@sacbee.comJanuary 9, 2014 


    Here are highlights of the state budget Gov. Jerry Brown will propose today:

    • $154.9 billion in spending from all funds

    • 5 percent welfare grant increase

    • $11 billion spent on debt reduction

    • New “rainy-day fund” plan for November ballot

    • 4.2 percent funding increase for UC, CSU; no tuition increases

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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