On politics in the Golden State
By Chris Megerian
February 19, 2013, 11:19 a.m.
When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his latest budget proposal, he emphasized his push to send more money to universities and local schools.
But a new report says those two areas have lost ground to the growing costs of salaries and retirement benefits for public employees.
The report was released Tuesday by California Common Sense, a nonpartisan research group at Stanford University.
The state will still send more money to education than to public employees. But the proportion of money spent on salaries, retirement benefits and debt payments has grown since 2007, while the proportion going to government services like schools and social services has dropped, the report said.
The biggest jump in spending was seen in healthcare programs such as MediCal, increasing from 13% to 20% of the state budget in the last six years.
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