The team over at the Legislative Analyst's Office has released a nifty "Cal Facts" pamphlet that sums up state government in 64 pages full of charts and data.
It's well worth reading for anyone interested in state policy. Or for anyone who has a role in shaping state policy, which, given the multitude of ballot measures these days, means any voter.
In two handy pages -- 12 and 13 -- the Analyst's Office sums up all of the state ballot measures since Proposition 13 that have imposed new restrictions on state and local budgeting. Page 28 shows the cost per government program participant -- $46,700 per adult inmate and $208,766 per person in youth corrections.