A few things about summertime in California have become utterly predictable: cineplex superheroes, beach crowds and a record-setting state budget.
Two years ago, we told you the state’s budget hit $180 billion—and that with that money you could buy the Los Angeles Lakers 60 times over. Last summer, the state budget set a new high at $201 billion—enough to purchase 32 NFL teams, twice.
The latest budget clocks in at an unprecedented $215 billion. Imagining what could be bought with all that greenery? We’ll tell you that and much more in our annual video breakdown of the budget in under two minutes:
And if you want a deeper dive, CALmatters has you covered:
- Judy Lin provides a detailed overview of the new budget
- Laurel Rosenhall analyzes what the negotiations reveal about power shifts in the Capitol
- Matt Levin and Barbara Harvey offer insights into the deal over housing funds
- Jackie Botts examines the expansion of the tax credit for the working poor
- And Rachel Becker looks at the questions over the deal to use cap and trade money for water cleanup
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