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Record Pork Barrel Projects in California’s Largest State Budget in Many Years

Part l: Pet projects by lawmakers to bring money home to the district

By Katy Grimes, June 12, 2019 10:35 am

Pork Barrel projects are a usual occurrence in the state budget, but California hasn’t see pork added on like this in years. To understand how government spending sprees occur every fiscal year, this is how spending takes place.

Pork barrel is the expression used to explain the appropriation of government spending for pet projects by lawmakers (some good, some not), secured solely to bring money to a lawmaker’s district.

California’s largest state budget ever — $214 billion — is larded with a record number of local pork-barrel projects injected by individual legislators, often in exchange for “horse trading”  votes on passage of certain pieces of legislation.

The Legislature has already passed the bulk of the budget, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. But it is filled with more pork than ever — those pet projects that lawmakers love — costing California taxpayers billions. The following lists show many projects in individual legislators’ districtsm approved by the Conference Committee on the Budget.

There is pork in every aspect of this budget: General Government Augmentations in 2019-20 Budget, Education, Resources and Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Public Safety. 

This article will address the General Government Pork in 2019-20 Budget – nearly $150 million of extras:

TOTAL $149,270,000,000 million

Part ll: Education budget pork.

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6 thoughts on “Record Pork Barrel Projects in California’s Largest State Budget in Many Years

  1. Claremont Pomona Locally Grown Power community solar panel factory is forecast to produce $7 of economic growth in Claremont and Pomona for every $1 spent on the factory. This is not Pork. It’s Economic expansion, produces more tax revenues than it consumes, creates 100s of Jobs and mitigates megatons of carbon. All based on a product within the city where it is used.

    Please follow the link imbeded in your story to understand how a fiscally responsible local tech company drives economic expansion for its city.

      1. Ken Kernahan, if solar bric-a-brac is creating so many jobs and such prosperity and is such a success then why the hell does the vague solar enterprise you defend still need cash infusions from the government?

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