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2013 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 touch the lives of millions of Californians and provide access to critical services that promote their health, well-being, and ability to function in society. The mission of the Health and Human Services Agency also includes recognizing children as a priority investment, 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.

Transportation

The Transportation Agency, established as part of the Governor's 2012 Reorganization Plan, became effective on July 1, 2013. 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 new agency will oversee and coordinate the activities of the Departments of the California Highway Patrol, Transportation, and Motor Vehicles; and the following boards and commissions: the High-Speed Rail Authority, the California Transportation Commission and the Board of Pilot Commissioners. The Office of Traffic Safety is a program within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

Higher Education

Higher Education provides the adult population with basic and career skills, post-secondary, 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 specific missions for each of the three publicly funded higher education systems, including the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, are addressed in those segments' mission statements. The Student Aid Commission ensures 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.

General Government

The General Government Section includes departments, commissions, and offices responsible for oversight of distinct policy areas that are not easily consolidated into other oversight 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

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.

Environmental Protection

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 mission of the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency is to assist and educate consumers regarding the licensing, regulation, and enforcement of professionals and businesses in California. The Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 2012 provided for the consolidation of entities that license industries, business activities, and professionals. This consolidation improves service, consistency, and efficiency by facilitating shared administrative functions and expertise in areas such as automated systems, investigative practices, and licensing and legal processes. The agency also provides a central location for the public to find information about entities regulating the businesses and professionals with whom they come into direct contact. The agency is comprised of the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Department of Business Oversight, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board, the California Horse Racing Board, and the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission.

Government Operations

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 important issues relating to California workers and their employers. The agency is responsible for three primary functions:

  • Labor law enforcement
  • Workforce development
  • Benefit payment and adjudication

The agency’s leading goals are to improve the coordination of services provided to California employers and workers and to insure compliance with California labor laws through a combination of enforcement and education activities.

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