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California State –

Program Expenditures By Fund ($ in Millions) –

Higher Education

1976-1977  Total – $2,923.8 millions     (K-12   GF $2,876.4 and Higher Ed  GF  $1,862.9  from general fund)

1977-1978  Total     $3,209.6

1978-1979  Total      $3,705.8

1979-1980  Total      $4,294.9

1980 – 1981               $4,924.2

1981- 1982                 $5,049.2   (  $3,270.4  millions from general fund)

1982 – 1983               $5,173.1   (  $3,230.2  from general fund – lower than year before )

1983 – 1984               $5,505.2 (K-12 receives $10,101.1 with $8,924.5 from the general fund)

1984 – 1985               $6,471.1    ($3,868.8 from general fund)

1985-1986                  $7,144.0    (while K-12 received $12,455.9 including $11,072.4 genfund $)

1986-1987                  $7,477.8    ($4,543.2 from the general fund)

1987-1988                  $7,993.9    ($4,842.7 from general fund)

1988-1989                  $8,701.0    (barely $5,112.5 from the general fund)

1989-1990                  $9,564.6    ($5,576.1 from general fund)

1990-1991                  $10,193.5   ($5,832.5 from general fund)

1991-1992                  $10,317.6   ($5,831.2 from the general fund – stealing it again)

1992 – 1993               $9,924.5    ($5,044.2 from general fund – further decreases)

1993-1994                  $9,754.5    ($4,680.6 from general fund & K-12 gets $14,480.8 gen fund $)

1994-1995                  $9,768.6    ($5,102.2 from general fund – no cost of living / inflation acc.)

1995-1996                  $10,279.8   (K-12 total is $21,860.6 with $17,790.6 genfund to K-12)

1996-1997                  $11,574.2  ($6,180.1 from gen fund while K-12 gets $23,447.6 total)

1997-1998                  $12,083.1  ($6,624.5 genfund – while K-12 gets $22,080.1 from genfund)

1998-1999                  $13,208.1  ($7,402.0 from general fund)

1999 – 2000         $14,341.7   ($8,021.0 gen fund as K-12 gets $27,587.9 gen fund plus)

2000-2001            $15,935.4   ($9,148.8 gen fund & K-12 gets $36,828.1 total)

2001 –  2002         $17,293.4   (with $35,914.8 total for K-12 and $29,922.6 genfund $)

(higher education only received $9,645.3 from genfund)

2002-2003            $17,878.2   (with $9,487.9 from gen fund – stealing it again)

2003-2004            $17,921.0    ( $8,780.2 from general fund as K-12 gets $40,057.0 total)

2004-2005            $18,518.1    ($9,314.3 genfund for higher educ. as K-12 gets $44,692.9 total)

2005-2006            $20,393.8    ( $10,266.6 from general fund & K-12 gets $37,367.7 genfund $)

2006-2007            $18,435.3    ($11,210.5 from gen fund – stealing from it again)

($49,095.0 total for K-12 with $40,086.1 from general fund)

2007-2008           $18,864.2     ($11,861.8 gen fund – stealing it again as K-12 gets $50,988.6)

2008-2009           $16,016.9     ($10,098.5 from general fund –  depleting it further to 1976 levels)

(as K-12 gets $46,613.8 total including $34,092.4 genfund $)

2009 – 2010        $17,582.5     ($10,566.3  from the general fund – still stealing it)

(K-12 gets $45,077.3 with $34,553.7 from general fund)

2010 – 2011         $18,389.5    (with $11,836.2 from CA general fund to  pay for higher educ.)

(K-12 gets $36,004.2 from the general fund & $43,944.4 total)




2/ Incomplete figure: Contains funding for those departments which were moved in total into the new agency. Does not include funding for programs

which were broken out of a larger department.

3/ Reflects $2.645 billion shift in local revenues to school districts ($2.282 billion to school districts and $.363 billion to Community Colleges).

4/ Beginning in 2001-02, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency is included in “Other”. The Agency was created with departments from H&HS and “Other” (General Government).

5/ Beginning in 2005-06, the Youth Adult and Correctional Agency is renamed to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR).

6/ Past year actuals as displayed in the January 10 Budget are not updated after being published in Governor’s Budget.


My Note –

The problem with these numbers is that while every student going through K-12 and every adult citizen were supposed to be accommodated with free tuition at any California state university, college or technical school, the politicians of both Democratic and Republican Parties were stealing from the funds that were to be appropriated for it. The ratios don’t match, the intention doesn’t match, the appropriations don’t match the law which is still in existence to provide universal higher education to every citizen of California and the actions of the state legislators, governors and administrations of the state of California fail to match their claim of wanting California’s population to be competitive in the world market. They also either knowingly lied or completely failed, when they said as our leaders, that they wanted education for California’s citizens and promised to use their money to do it. The change shows up in the numbers of this chart where general fund appropriations were continually lowered from 1979-1980 onwards. There was obviously no intention for every student graduating from high school to go to college if they wanted to do so. The money was robbed that could have allowed that to happen. And, at each point when the ratio to the K-12 education budget could’ve been corrected for higher education, the state legislature and state governor’s office simply tapped it again and misappropriated it to use the funds for something else. That is an on-going misdirection of funds that has broken the law which guarantees a tuition-free higher education at state colleges, state universities and state technical schools for every graduating high school senior and every individual citizen of the state of California. There is every evidence that the money is there and is still being used to play the markets and cover losses from playing the markets by investing the very fungible moneys from numerous funds in the state revenues.

There is no excuse for this and every governor, every treasurer and every state legislator that has been responsible for undermining the appropriations to uphold this law for universal higher education in the state of California should be prosecuted as criminals. They have caused more damage that has longer-reaching affects than the earthquakes that have been destroying cities across the world. At least those cities can be rebuilt.

– cricketdiane


This is the criminal theft of funds from the universal and equal higher education for California’s citizens – it has created economic exclusion of citizens in California from their own tax-payer purchased educational resources including state colleges, universities, technical schools, business schools, law schools, medical schools, libraries and adult community colleges


How are any of our children supposed to believe that we believe in higher education when it isn’t available to any of us and certainly not to them. You nourish what you want more of and abandon that which you don’t. So, apparently the leadership in California and other states in the US decided that having an education available to every citizen and a higher education level of our population was something to abandon. That was stupid and entirely too criminal for words.

– cricketdiane


Here are some charts I made to see this information better. I like the 3-d one best and I’m going to try another like it using the numbers from 1996 – 2010. And, I want to see the population numbers for California to add them into the relationships.

– too fun, learning new things. I’ve only made charts by hand so this is interesting .

my note, cricketdiane



H.Edu 1 – are the general funds from the state of California that have been appropriated for all the higher education resources throughout the state for access by all adult citizens and high school graduates that want to attend.

H.Educ – are the totals after all special funds were added to the small amount the state government decided to appropriate to all higher education systems in the state, despite the mandate and the law.

K-12 – are the funds made available in total to the Kindergarten through Twelfth grades which was supposed to be nearly equivalent to the amount spent for higher education such that all adults in California and all students passing through California schools would have a place to attend and resources at the highest levels of education available to them paid by the state as part of the public education resources available to all.

The relationship on these charts are backwards, since the higher education funds were intended to exceed those being spent on K-12 where it would insure every student and adult citizen access to the state colleges and universities without regard to income, age, status, gender, disability, race, religion or financial need. It is not that the K-12 budget is too great, the higher education funds are the ones that have been robbed by state legislators, treasury financiers, investment “advisors”, and governor’s office administrations.

–          Cricketdiane, 03-09-10

H.Edu 1 H.Educ K-12
1976-77 $1,862.9 $2,923.8 $3,396.8
$2,015.9 $3,209.6 $3,682.4
$2,403.6 $3,705.8 $6,280.9
$2,851.3 $4,294.9 $7,793.3
$3,261.9 $4,924.2 $8,417.5
$3,270.4 $5,049.2 $8,600.0
$3,230.2 $5,173.1 $8,727.3
1983-84 $3,266.3 $5,505.2 $10,101.1
$3,868.8 $6,471.1 $11,394.4
$4,247.5 $7,144.0 $12,455.9
$4,543.2 $7,477.8 $13,950.3
$4,842.7 $7,993.9 $14,543.2
$5,112.5 $8,701.0 $16,969.3
$5,576.1 $9,564.6 $16,396.5
1990-91 $5,832.5 $10,193.5 $17,339.5
$5,831.2 $10,317.6 $18,401.9
$5,044.2 $9,924.5 $20,921.6
3/ $4,680.6 $9,754.5 $16,828.7
$5,102.2 $9,768.6 $18,082.4
$5,531.1 $10,279.8 $21,860.6
1996-97 $6,180.1 $11,574.2 $23,447.6
$6,624.5 $12,083.1 $25,557.3

(numbers for chart are from)