California Common Sense launches open data portal


California Common Sense (CACS) a non-partisan non-profit founded by Stanford students and alumni to open government to the public, develop data-driven policy analysis, and educate citizens about how their governments work has launched a new open data portal. Data will include national Medicaid spending figures, along with several California specific spending datasets available as .xls, .xlsx, .csv, .pdf, and other files.

Socrata has put together the website, and CACS analysts have built extensive datasets by attaining the information from government sources, merging them across years, and formatting them for web-based access. CACS’s open data portal enables average citizens, journalists, researchers, and policy makers to efficiently explore government data directly and in one place.

CACS will continue to add and update datasets on the portal. Initial data includes the following:

  • National Medicaid Spending by State or Territory, Type of Service, 1997-2012
  • California Enacted Budget Expenditures, by Department and Agency 2007-08 through 2013-14
  • California K-12 Funding, Performance, and Demographic Data, by District, including Local
  • Control Funding Formula Estimates
  • California K-12 District Spending, 2010-11
  • California State Employee Salaries and Benefits, by Department 2009-2011
  • California City Employee Salaries and Benefits, 2009-2011
  • California Police, Fire, & Other Safety Occupation Statistics, by Region, 2008-2012
  • Annual County by County Income and Unemployment Data, 2003-2011

Access the data portal at