The California Bottomline


The California Bottom Line


State Contracting Transparency: Why is California so far behind?

If you want to know what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation budgeted for overtime, the department’s budget overview online specifically details the amount: $105 million for fiscal year 2011-12.

For health care services? Two billion.

Inmate education and activities? Sixty-six million.


Billions of tax dollars go uncollected

Out-of-state online retailers are cheating California out of billions of dollars in sales tax. See how.


Outsourced projects run amok, waste billions

See how the state is wasting nearly $2 billion on contracting out for information technology services in “contracts gone wild,” an in-depth look at outsourcing snafus.


Prison education protects public, saves money

Slashing $250 million from rehab will endanger communities and cost taxpayers more in the long run.

The new report, which is part of a series on the state’s fiscal crisis called “The California Bottom Line,” demonstrates that much, if not all of the proposed savings from cutting prison education will be canceled out by new costs created by eliminating crime-reducing education programs. The report shows that research has proven that prisoners who participate in education programs are more likely to become productive citizens after their release. 


The Hidden Branch of Government

The state contracts for many services, creating a $34 billion, hidden workforce that costs taxpayers much more than in-house employees.


Hundreds of millions wasted on contracts

Hundreds of millions wasted on contracts California state government could save money simply by hiring its own employees rather than contracting out work.


$1 billion in savings on prisons

California is throwing away taxpayer money by mismanaging state prisons.


$8.5 billion in uncollected taxes

California is letting tax cheats undermine the state budget by billions.