2015 Description of State Spending Funds
Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services programs provide essential medical, dental, mental health, and social services to many of California's most vulnerable and at-risk residents. These programs provide access to critical services to millions of Californians and promote health, well-being, and the ability to function in society. The mission of the Health and Human Services Agency also includes recognizing children as a priority, promoting personal responsibility for services, and enhancing program effectiveness and accountability.
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 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. The missions for the three publicly funded higher education systems: the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, are addressed in those segments' 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 mission of the Transportation Agency is to develop and coordinate the policies and programs of the state's transportation entities to achieve the state's mobility, safety, and air quality objectives from its transportation system. The agency oversees and coordinates the activities of the Departments of Transportation, Motor Vehicles, and the California Highway Patrol; and the following boards and commissions: the High-Speed Rail Authority, the California Transportation Commission and the Board of Pilot Commissioners.
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. 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 Agency programs protect and restore California's diverse, natural, and cultural resources for current and future generations, including state parks, stunning coastlines and lakes, spectacular forests, vast fish and wildlife habitats, rich farmlands, and mineral resources. Agency programs also protect the public through suppression of wildfires, construction of levees in the Central Valley, and permitting environmentally safe energy power plants. These programs not only contribute to the state's unique quality of life, but also are critical to sustaining a vibrant economy.
California Environmental Protection Agency programs 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 was established in 2013. The 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 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, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board, California Horse Racing Board, and the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission.
Effective July 1, 2013, the Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 2012 created the Secretary for Government Operations.
The Government Operation Agency's goal is to improve management and accountability of government programs, increase efficiency, and promote better and more coordinated operational decisions within government.
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.