California's Budget Crisis

Date published: October, 2009 (12 pages)

Prepared by Blue Sky Consulting Group for Blue Shield of California Foundation.
The unprecedented size and nature of California's budget deficit has prompted budget actions by the Legislature and the Governor that have far-reaching impacts. Every Californian is paying more in taxes and many are seeing reductions in services. This report, presented at a recent convening of Foundation safety net grantees, as well as budget and reform experts, explores why the state finds itself where it does, what was done during the most recent budget to address the shortfall and some of the challenges the state faces looking forward.