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Description of process

In January of each year,  the California budget is released by the Governor to the Senate and Assembly of the Legislature of California.  It has two parts; the Proposed Budget Summary and Proposed Budget Detail.  The Proposed Budget Summary includes the Governor's goals and objectives for the forthcoming year and highlights significant issues, policies, and initiatives of the Administration reflected in the Governor's Budget.  The publications below are the primary documents that introduce the budget process.

Release of the "Governor's budget", begins the conversations that legislators, lobbyists, and newspaper reporters, and other stakeholders take part in to influence the outcome of the budget.  Much of this is posturing, especially in an election year.  For California, these discussions may influence the next release of the budget which is released in  May.  The May Revision or May revise updates policy proposals, revenue projections, and estimated expenditures for both the current and upcoming budget years.

There is a constitutional deadline for passing the California budget..  It is midnight of June 15 of each year.  That deadline was met in 2011 without Republican votes but for many previous years, that deadline had not been met. 

 

 

California Budget Documents

  • California Budget
    The California Department of Finance provides current and historical budget documents online. Includes Salaries and Wages.
  • California Budget Frequently Asked Questions
    Budget FAQs are often best answered by single or multiple relevant reference documents, which include Budget Summaries Schedules, Charts, and glossaries. These references either answer the question directly, or serve as partial views towards completing a 'bigger picture.'

State Agency Resources

  • Legislative Analyst's Office
    The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) provides fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature. It is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget. The office serves as the "eyes and ears" for the Legislature to ensure that the executive branch is implementing legislative policy in a cost efficient and effective manner.

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