CARTOON: Fix CA Roads?

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California State Spending Well Above National Average

As reported in the Sacramento Bee:

California contains 12.2 percent of the nation’s population but its state government accounted for 13.8 percent of all state spending in the 2012-13 fiscal year, according to a new Census Bureau report.

California’s spending on education and highways was, however, below the national averages for those two categories, while its welfare spending was well above the average.

States collected $1.7 trillion in revenues and spent that much during the fiscal year and California accounted for $233.5 billion of the spending, including federal pass-through funds for welfare, health care, education and other services.

The national total was a 2.1 percent increase from the previous year, the Census Bureau said, while California’s 7.5 percent increase was by far … 

 

Governor Aims To Reform California’s Higher Education System

From the San Jose Mercury News.

As he began his first governorship 40 years ago, Jerry Brown told an interviewer that one of his goals was educational reform.

“I’m going to starve the schools financially until I get some educational reforms,” Brown said.

“What kind of reforms?” the interviewer asked.

“I don’t know yet,” Brown replied.

Four decades later, Brown has launched what he hopes will be a successful reform of elementary and high school finances, aimed at improving the achievement of poor children. And now he’s pivoting to the state’s tripartite system of higher education.

Without saying so directly, he’s employing … 

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Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

State lobby spending on pace to set records

From California Watch:

Lobby spending in Sacramento already is on pace to touch new highs this legislative session, according to third-quarter filing totals released by the secretary of state’s office.

Interest groups last quarter spent more than $72 million lobbying state government, a dip from the $77 million they spent during the previous quarter but still enough to push lobby spending to a record high by this point in the legislative session.

During the first three quarters of this legislative session, which began in January, groups have spent nearly $216 million on lobbying services. That’s a 5 percent jump over the first three quarters of the 2009-10 session.

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