The state budget is a local budget

Most of the money flows to local communities

We tend to think of the state budget as funding a massive bureaucracy in Sacramento. But as this chart shows, 73.4 percent, nearly three-fourths, of the $91.3 billion budget that took effect on July 1 will flow to local communities in the form of what’s called “local assistance.” In addition, much of the remaining 26.4 percent of the budget included in the other major category, “state operations,” also flows to local communities, including support for 33 CSU and UC campuses, 33 prisons, state parks and environmental protection.

Source: California Budget Project (