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The 2010 census pegged California's population at 37.3 million, 12.1 percent of the nation's, and a new Census Bureau report says California's government accounted for 13 percent of all state government spending last year.

California's general fund budget accounted for roughly half of its $210.4 billion in "general expenditures" last year, with federal funds, bond funds and special funds accounting for the remainder. The total was almost a billion dollars lower than 2009 spending.

The Census Bureau report also revealed that education accounted for $70.3 billion or 33.4 percent of California's spending, which is about two percentage points below the national average, while social service spending, $63.8 billion, was 30.4 percent, 1.4 percentage points higher than the average.



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