The proposal: Brown has proposed generating $12 billion in new revenue by extending higher income and sales taxes and vehicle license fees. He'll have to get it on the ballot over Republican opposition and then win voter approval. How do California taxes compare with those in other states?

These charts are part of a series examining budget issues in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown's warning that Californians should brace themselves for deep cuts in public services, even as they are being asked to pay more by extending taxes for five years.

Go to our summary page to see some key areas affected by Brown's budget proposal and see how California stacks up compared with the four other most populous states - Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois. Or go directly to a page by clicking a link below.

Where do California schools stand currently among the states?
How does California's park access compare with other states?
How does the cost of public college in California compare with other states?
How do other states handle welfare programs?
How does California's prison system compare with other states?