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The latest on California politics and government - January 5, 2011
California spent $254.3 billion in 2009 fiscal year
Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators are struggling to close a hole in the state budget of $25-plus billion, but while it's a big number, it's just a fraction of the $254.3 billion that the state spent in the fiscal year that ended in mid-2009, according to a new Census Bureau report on state finances.
California, the nation's most populous state, was easily the highest-spending state that fiscal period, the report shows. Its $254.3 billion in spending was nearly 14 percent of the $1.8 trillion spent by all 50 states, nearly $100 billion more than No. 2 New York and more than twice as much as Texas.
The state general fund, which is the focus of the deficit debate, accounts for just a third of total state spending, which includes special funds such as those devoted to highways, and federal funds.
Federal funds accounted for about $60 billion of the state's spending while personal income taxes, at $44.4 billion, were the state's largest source of tax revenue. Education was the largest single category of state spending at $73.2 billion with welfare second at $63.6 billion.
The full report can be found here.
Editor's note: This post was changed to reflect that the report's numbers are based on the states' fiscal years that ended between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009.
Important Documents: Spring 2011
- Furloughs: Questions and Answers
- Furlough Implementation MOU
- California on the Edge of a Cliff: The Failure to Invest in Public Higher Education is crushing our Economy and crippling our kids' future. By Tom Mortenson
- New State Budget as of 2010 (pending)
- Alliance for the CSU: 2008-2010
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- 10 Things to Help CSU Alliance
- Letters to Editors to Help CSU Alliance
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