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Where do California Tax Dollars Go? A New Report from CBP

Last month, CBP released a report called “Where do California Tax Dollars Go?” The report outlines how each state tax dollar is broken down. Below are some highlights from the report. Overall dollar estimates are from 2010-2011.

Overall, more than 70 cents out of every dollar goes to local communities, health care providers and individuals. The rest of the money, almost 29 cents out of every dollar, provides funding for state operations.

The largest share of state funding, more than 50 cents out of every dollar ($47.5B total), goes to education – This includes 39.1 cents toward elementary and secondary education (K-12) and 12.7 cents on higher education (UC, CSU, community colleges).

Almost 30 cents out of every dollar ($26.5B total) goes to health and human services – This includes the Department of Health Care Services, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Developmental Services, and the Department of Mental Health.

More than 10 cents out of every dollar ($9.6B total) goes to corrections – This includes the cost of incarceration adult felons and providing inmates with health care and rehabilitation services.

Almost 9 cents out of every dollar ($7.9B total) supports other key services and institutions – This includes the judicial branch, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Franchise Tax Board, the Legislature, the Department of Justice, the State Board of Equalization, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Secretary of State, the State Controller, the Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Governor’s Office, and California Coastal Commission and the State Treasurer.