California Legislative, Fiscal and Policy Resources 

 

The 80 members of the State Assembly stand for election every two years. Members of the Legislature may serve no more than 12 years, either in one house or a combination of the two. 
 
The 40 members of the State Senate each represent 930,000 Californians. Senators serve 4-year terms, with Senators in even-numbered districts standing for election in gubernatorial election years, and Senators in odd-numbered districts standing for election in presidential election years. 
 
The Department of Finance provides budget information and monthly updates on the state's financial situation as part of the Governor's Cabinet. Both the Governor's budget proposal in January and the revision in May are available at this site for download and viewing. 
 

California Legislative Analyst's Office

The Legislative Analyst's Office provides fiscal and policy advice to the Legislature. Historically, one of the most important responsibilities of the office has been to analyze the annual Governor's budget and publish detailed reviews.  They recently produced a basic tutorial on Proposition 98, the voter-approved initiative that provides a minimum funding guarantee for school districts.
 
For over 20 years, the California Budget & Policy Center has engaged in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians.
 
PPIC’s mission is to inform and improve public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research on major social, economic and political issues. 
 

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