California Taxes

Data Tracker
By Jim Miller
February 19, 2016 – 7:41 PM

  • Total general fund and special funding in proposed plan tops $167 billion
  • Plan reflects about $7.78 in spending for every $100 in personal income
  • More spending has been shifted from general fund to special funds

When it comes to debating whether California government spends too much money or too little, there are multiple reasons agreement is hard to come by.

The budget unveiled last month by Gov. Jerry Brown calls for general fund spending of $122.6 billion. That’s about 6 percent higher than the amount lawmakers approved for the current fiscal year and more than 40 percent higher than the general fund for the first full fiscal year after Gov. Jerry Brown returned to the statehouse in 2011.

The general fund gets the bulk of its revenue from personal income, sales, and corporations taxes. State spending, though, increasingly draws from hundreds of special accounts funded by special fees, taxes and other revenue.

Brown’s plan calls for special funds to spend about $45 billion in the coming fiscal year. That is down slightly from the current year, but about a third more than the special-fund total when Brown began his third term.

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