The California judicial branch is facing $350 million in cuts. That’s a nine percent cut to the judiciary’s $3.9 billion budget for the coming year. So, facing the axe, it might be nice to know where the courts are spending money inefficiently and to root out those practices so that the cuts don’t horribly degrade quality of service.
Shockingly, before today there was no systematic way of doing this.
California Common Sense (CACS) has identified hundreds of millions of dollars in potentially wasteful spending practices where courts spent more than seems necessary given their workloads, including:
- $142 million in 2007
- $222 million in 2008
So, California, before you swing the axe, please look at this visualization to better guide its path.