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Budget Basics

The Budget Overview

Each year the Governor and Legislature work together to pass the state’s annual budget that determines how our taxes will be spent on state-funded programs like education, healthcare, and human services. The Governor's proposed budget for 2019-20 was released on January 10th and the deadline to pass the budget is June 15th. The 2019-20 fiscal year started on July 1, 2019 and will end June 30, 2020. 

For many years, California had spent more than it had coming in, and often used short-term solutions and borrowing to balance the budget. The state has a budget surplus of $22.4 billion in 2019-20—yet tough choices remain, including the level of funding needed for state programs and what changes might be needed to make our revenue sources more stable in the future. The 2019-20 budget also continues to emphasize building up reserves, paying down unfunded liabilities, and maintaining fiscal health in the face of federal uncertainty and a potential recession.

More information on the process by which policymakers craft California’s state spending plan can be found from the California Budget & Policy Center here.

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