Transcript: CA Dept. of Finance Director Ana Matosantos on the updated 2012-13 prison realignment budget

Transcript of remarks by Ana Matosantos, Director of the California Department of Finance, on the updated 2012-2013 prison realignment implementation plan (April 23, 2012):

Ana Matosantos, Director of the California Department of Finance. SOURCE: cdcr.ca.gov

“As [CDCR] Secretary [Matthew] Cate has mentioned, achieving budget savings was an important element of this plan and this work.

“When realignment was proposed by the Governor, the state faced a $26.6 billion budget deficit. A portion of that deficit was the result of correctional spending increase.

“If we look at where we were 30 years ago, our state spent roughly 3% of our general fund spending on correctional programs. That percentage grew substantially. In the 2008-09, we were spending roughly 11% of general fund expenditures in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This plan reverses that trend.

“As Matt mentioned, a couple of key numbers:

“$1.5 billion in savings – on an annual savings from the realignment;

“$2.2 billion in avoided costs because we won’t be having to build those prisons that we would otherwise be having to build to look at meeting the Supreme Court order;

“And we will also extinguish $4.1 billion in AB 900 bond authority that was granted by the legislature some years past.

“So in the aggregate, these reductions will mean that correctional spending as a share of general fund will go down. It will be about 7.5% in 2015-16 from the 11% just a couple of years ago.”

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