State Budget Briefs


State Budget Briefs

The CFT Research Department analyzes the state budget and the impact it will have on education, from early childhood to university. CFT is an active participant in the state budget process because public school and community college districts receive two-thirds of their funding from the state, and decisions made by state legislators set the stage for those made by district governing boards.

The Research Briefs span the timeline of budget process, from the governor’s January proposals to the adopted and signed budget. 


2020-21 Budget Year

May 22, 2020

Pandemic leads to big cuts for education in May Revision

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession has changed the fiscal landscape dramatically. Compared to the January forecast, General Fund revenues are projected to decline over $41 billion. This revenue drop, combined with increased costs in health and human services programs and the added costs to address COVID-19, leads to a projected budget deficit of approximately $54 billion before the changes proposed in the May Revision.

May 10, 2020

Uncertainty surrounds education budget for coming year — coronavirus blows giant hole in state budget

The governor and the Legislature know the COVID-19 pandemic has blown a huge hole in the state budget, but they can’t easily project state revenues or the impact on Proposition 98 — the mechanism that provides K-12 schools and community colleges about 40 percent of the state’s General Fund.

May 7, 2020

Department of Finance releases deficit projections due to COVID-19 pandemic​

The California Department of Finance offered the first comprehensive preview of the state’s economic indicators and finances since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The numbers are stark and are meant to foreshadow a painful “May Revision” budget proposal that Gov. Newsom will release next week The magnitude of the recession is just beginning to become clear.

January 23, 2020

CFT analyzes proposed education budget

The governor continues to be fiscally conservative as he prepares for an economic slowdown, and proposes depositing $2 billion into the state’s rainy day fund. However, he also allocates additional monies for education, including his priorities of early childhood education, special education, educator recruitment, as well as student health and wellness. The General Fund budget of $157 billion is a 2.23 percent increase over 2019-20.

January 15, 2020

Gov. Newsom prioritizes education in January budget proposal

Gov. Newsom released his $222 billion state budget proposal for 2020-21 on Friday, January 10. He continues to invest in his education priorities, including early childhood education, special education, educator recruitment and training, and student health and wellness. The budget proposal includes $84 billion for Proposition 98, which represents a $3.8 billion increase for K-14 education.