About Us: California Common Sense is a non-partisan non-profit dedicated to opening government to the public, developing data-driven policy analysis, and educating citizens about how their governments work. Click any of the images below to learn more about some of the topics we cover.
  • Who We Are
  • Retiree Healthcare
  • Shrinking Police Forces
  • State Migration DataViz
  • CalSTRS Op-Ed
  • CA Budget Op-Ed
  • Teachers' Pensions
  • Minimum Wage
  • Health Exchanges
  • Food Stamps
  • Oakland's Woes
  • BART
  • Paying for Health Care
  • U.S. Family Budgets
  • Traffic Tickets
  • California Medicaid
  • K-12 Testing Data
  • K-12 Funding Reform
  • Open Public Data
  • LA Pensions & Budget
  • Final Budget Case Study
  • K-12 Funding Map
  • Retiree Health 2013
  • May Budget Overview
  • K-12 Finance
  • Revenue Projections
  • Budget Case Study
  • Proposition Spending
  • Indep. Expenditures
  • Prison Realignment
  • Corrections & Higher Ed
  • CACS on Huffington Post
  • State Retiree Health Care
  • Local Retiree Benefits
  • UC Management Growth
  • CA Pension Systems
  • Stockton's Bankruptcy
  • High-Speed Rail
  • Pension Timeline
I would like to congratulate California Common Sense on an excellent and insightful report on how California's budget has evolved over the last half-decade. As the former Director of Finance, nothing in the report comes as a surprise. But for broader audiences, you've managed to describe it so accurately and pointedly.
Mike Genest
Former California Director of Finance