JONATHAN KAPLANTHE CALIFORNIA BUDGET PROJECTMarch 2011
A Quick Quiz
Which of the following represents the most spending in thestate budget?– Health and human services;– Prisons and corrections;– K-12 public education; or– Higher education.
The Information Gap
A January 2011 poll by the Public Policy Institute of California foundthat:– Only 16 percent of adults and 22 percent of likely voters correctlyidentified K-12 education as accounting for the largest share of thestate budget. Nearly half (45 percent) of adults and 41 percent oflikely voters believe corrections represents the largest share of thebudget.– Only 29 percent of adults and 33 percent of likely voters correctlyidentified the personal income tax as the largest state revenuesource.– Just over one out of 20 adults (6 percent) and only 9 percent oflikely voters answered both questions correctly.