The state Legislative Analyst’s Office on Tuesday lambasted one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s highest-profile proposals for the year: a constitutional amendment that would require California, starting in 2014, to dedicate no more than 7% of its general fund spending to prisons and at least 10% to public universities.

“We urge the Legislature to reject this proposal because it (1) would unwisely constrain the state’s ability to allocate funding where it is most needed each year; and (2) is unnecessary, as the state already has the ability to shift funding among programs without this constitutional amendment,” according to the LAO’s policy paper on the subject.

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