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.