Second only to the California Constitution, the annual state budget is the most important document in California government. With government funded programs and services all coming out of one budget, it is helpful for engaged citizens to know how the budget process works and how we can participate. Understanding the process can help ensure that all of us have access to our own government; and that our priorities are being heard and funded equally.
Annual state expenditures are determined by legislative decisions based on a budget proposed by the governor. According to the state constitution, the governor must submit a proposed budget by January 10 every year, and the legislature must pass a budget bill by June 15.
As an annual practice, DOR’s budget is discussed in hearings convened by both the California Assembly and Senate. Other departments in California undergo the same process, and, from these hearings funding decisions are made and added to the Governor’s proposed Budget, which encompasses all expenditures for activities and programs of state government for the next fiscal year. The proposed budget is then presented for legislative consideration as two identical Assembly and Senate bills introduced by the chairs of the Assembly Budget Committee and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.
DOR’s budget will be discussed at the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1: Health & Human Services Hearing on 3/6/2019 at 2:30 PM in room 437 of the State Capitol. Visit theState Assembly Committee Hearings page to listen to this hearing and view the agenda. DOR Director Joe Xavier will answer questions about DOR’s budget and programs, and public comments will be taken.
On the Senate side, DOR’s budget will be discussed at the Senate Budget Subcommittee #3: Health & Human Services Hearing on 5/2/2018 at 9:30 AM in room 4203 of the State Capitol. Visit The State Senate Agenda page to listen to this hearing and view the agenda. DOR Director Joe Xavier will answer questions about DOR’s budget and programs, and public comments will be taken.
DOR believes in transparency, and sharing information to benefit our mutual interests. While we recognize that resources are finite, we believe that an active stakeholder community can help communicate our shared vision, challenges, and successes. By engaging our community, we ensure our decisions and actions are informed by interested individuals and groups, and reinforce our belief that together, not alone, we find better solutions in pursuit of employment, independence, and equality for individuals with disabilities.
Download – DOR’s Budget Proposal Highlights 2019/2020