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Jul. 9, 2024

Attorney General Bonta emerges largely unscathed by budget cuts

The California Department of Justice has key advantages: it is less dependent on the state's General Fund than most agencies, and it has a significant and growing ability to bring in revenue on its own.

Attorney General Rob Bonta

Amid huge cuts as he struggled to cope with an eye-popping state budget deficit, Gov. Gavin Newsom let one department emerge largely unscathed: the California Department of Justice.

Just like every other leader of a large agency in the state, Attorney General Rob Bonta saw reductions. But unlike most, his office got more money and positions between when Newsom introduced his initial budget plan in January and when the governor put out a smaller, revised budget in May. Compared to...

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