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2017 Description of State Spending Funds

Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services programs provide a wide-range of services in the areas of health care, mental health, public health, alcohol and drug treatment, income assistance, social services, and assistance to people with disabilities. These services are provided to California's most vulnerable and at-risk residents, including children and adults, in ways that promote health and well-being, strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility and foster independence.

K Through 12 Education

K Through 12 Education programs provide academic services to pupils between the ages of 3 and 19. Included in these services are standards-based academic instruction, special education services, vocational and career preparatory programs, child care and development services, teacher recruitment and development, adult education programs, and remedial instruction services. These programs work together to provide Californians with the skills necessary for successful adulthood, achieving career goals, obtaining gainful employment, and pursuing higher education opportunities.

Higher Education

Higher Education provides the adult population with basic and career skills; postsecondary, graduate, and doctoral instruction; and research to develop the workforce, intellectual capital, and innovations necessary to promote the economy and well being of the state's citizenry. There are three publicly funded higher education systems: the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California. Their respective missions are addressed in the systems’ mission statements. The Student Aid Commission provides financial assistance for needy students.

Corrections and Rehabilitation

The mission of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is to enhance public safety through safe and secure incarceration of the most serious and violent offenders, effective parole supervision, and rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.


The Transportation Agency develops and coordinates transportation policies and programs to achieve the state's mobility, safety, and environmental sustainability objectives. The agency oversees and coordinates the activities of the following state entities: Departments of Transportation, California Transportation Commission, High-Speed Rail Authority, Department of Motor Vehicles, California Highway Patrol, and the Board of Pilot Commissioners.

General Government

The General Government Section includes departments, commissions, and offices responsible for oversight of distinct policy areas, such as ensuring peace officer competence, reasonable public utility rates, food and agricultural issues, and services to veterans, that are not easily consolidated into other oversight areas. Additionally, this section includes issues that are statewide in nature such as lease/revenue issues, bonds, and local government issues.

Legislative, Judicial, and Executive

Governmental bodies classified under the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Section of the Governor's Budget are either established as independent entities under the California Constitution, or are departments with a recognized need to operate outside of the administrative oversight and control of an agency secretary. Constitutionally-established bodies include the Legislature, Judicial Branch, Governor's Office, and constitutional officers. This section also includes such independent entities as the Inspector General and the California State Lottery.

Natural Resources

Natural Resources Agency programs protect and restore California's diverse, natural, and cultural resources for current and future generations, including operating state parks, managing water supplies, supporting forest health, encouraging clean energy, and preserving fish and wildlife habitats, rich farmlands and mineral resources. Agency programs also protect the public through suppression of wildfires and construction of levees in the Central Valley. These programs not only contribute to the state's unique quality of life, but also are critical to sustaining a vibrant economy.

Environmental Protection

California Environmental Protection Agency programs reduce greenhouse gas emissions, restore and protect environmental quality, and protect public health. The Secretary coordinates the state's environmental regulatory programs and ensures fair and consistent enforcement of environmental law, which safeguards the state's residents and promotes the state's economic vitality.

Business, Consumer Services, and Housing

The Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency is responsible for overseeing departments, boards, commissions, and agencies that provide the following services to the people of California: protection of the public through the licensing and regulation of more than 100 businesses and 200 professional categories; regulation of financial services and state-licensed financial institutions; enforcement of the sale of alcoholic beverages; regulation of the cannabis industry; regulation of the horse racing industry; the investigation and prosecution of civil rights; safe and affordable housing opportunities; and earthquake safety. The Agency is comprised of the following entities: Department of Consumer Affairs; Department of Business Oversight; Department of Fair Employment and Housing; Department of Housing and Community Development; California Housing and Finance Agency; Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board; California Horse Racing Board; and Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission.

Government Operations

The Government Operation Agency is responsible for coordinating state operations, including procurement, information technology, and human resources. The agency’s goal is to improve management and accountability of government programs, increase efficiency, and promote better and more coordinated operational decisions within government. The Government Operations Agency oversees the Department of General Services, the Department of Human Resources, the Department of Technology, the Office of Administrative Law, the Franchise Tax Board, the State Personnel Board, the California Victim Compensation Board, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

Labor and Workforce Development

The Labor and Workforce Development Agency was established to address issues relating to California workers and their employers. The Agency is responsible for labor law enforcement, workforce development, and benefit payment and adjudication. The Agency works to combat the underground economy and help legitimate businesses and workers in California through a combination of enforcement and education activities.

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