Texas vs California: A list of state government agencies as a proxy for size of government

Texas and California are similar states in many ways. Both are large and have a lot of people.  California has more people with about 37 MM.  Texas has about 2/3 the population but has more land. 

You would think that they offer similar services to their residents. 

Have a look at a list of state agencies from both states and you will understand why states are having a budget crisis. 

This is my longest post ever, but don't blame me, blame California. 

See below the 158 Texas agencies

Accountancy, Board of Public
Adjutant General's Dept.
Administrative Hearings, Office of
Affordable Housing Corporation
Aging and Disability Services, Dept. of
Agriculture, Dept. of
AgriLife Extension Service, Texas
AgriLife Research, Texas
Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Anatomical Board
Angelina and Neches River Authority
Animal Health Commission
Apiary Inspection Service (Entomologist, Office of the State)
Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board
Architectural Examiners, Board of
Arts, Commission on the
Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Dept. of
Attorney General
Banking, Dept. of
Bar of Texas, State
Blind and Visually Impaired, School for the
Bond Review Board
Brazos River Authority
Canadian River Municipal Water Authority
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Chiropractic Examiners, Board of
Coastal Coordination Council
Competitive Government, Council on
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Consumer Credit Commissioner, Office of
County and District Retirement System
Court Administration, Office of
Court Reporters Certification Board
Credit Union Dept.
Criminal Appeals, Court of
Criminal Justice, Dept. of
Deaf, School for the
Dental Examiners, Board of
Developmental Disabilities, Council for
Developmental Disabilities, Office for Prevention of
Drought Preparedness Council
Education Agency
Educational Technology, Center for
Educator Certification, State Board for
Edwards Aquifer Authority
Emancipation Juneteenth Commission
Emergency Communications, Commission on State (911)
Employees Retirement System
Engineering Experiment Station, Texas
Engineering Extension Service, Texas
Engineers, Board of Professional
Environmental Quality, Commission on
Ethics Commission
Facilities Commission
Family and Protective Services, Dept. of
Feed and Fertilizer Control Service (Chemist, Office of the State)
Finance Authority, Public
Finance Commission
Fire Fighters Pension Commission
Fire Protection, Commission on
Forest Service, Texas
Funeral Service Commission
Geoscientists, Board of Professional
Governor, Office of the
Groundwater Protection Committee
Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority
Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District
Health and Human Services Commission
Health Professions Council
Health Services, Dept. of State
High Plains Underground Water Conservation District
Higher Education Coordinating Board
Historical Commission
House of Representatives
Housing and Community Affairs, Dept. of
Information Resources, Dept. of
Injured Employee Counsel, Office of
Insurance Counsel, Office of Public
Insurance, Dept. of
Jail Standards, Commission on
Judicial Conduct, Commission on
Judicial Council
Juvenile Probation Commission
Land Board, Veterans
Land Office, General
Land Surveying, Board of Professional
Lavaca-Navidad River Authority
Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, Commission on
Law Examiners, Board of
Law Library
Legislative Budget Board
Legislative Council
Legislative Reference Library
Library and Archives Commission
Licensing and Regulation, Dept. of
Lottery Commission
Lower Colorado River Authority
Medical Board
Military Facilities Commission
Motor Vehicles, Dept. of
Municipal Retirement System
North Plains Ground Water Conservation District
North Texas Tollway Authority
Nueces River Authority
Nursing, Board of
On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council
Optometry Board
Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District
Parks and Wildlife Dept.
Pension Review Board
Pharmacy, Board of
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners, Executive Council of
Plumbing Examiners, Board of
Podiatric Medical Examiners, Board of
Preservation Board
Prosecuting Attorney, Office of State
Psychologists, Board of Examiners of
Public Safety, Dept. of
Public Utility Commission
Public Utility Counsel, Office of
Purchasing from People with Disabilities, Council on
Racing Commission
Railroad Commission
Real Estate Commission
Red River Authority
Residential Construction Commission
Rio Grande Regional Water Authority
Risk Management, Office of
Rural Affairs, Dept. of
Sabine River Authority
San Jacinto River Authority
Savings and Mortgage Lending, Dept. of
Secretary of State
Securities Board
Skill Standards Board
Soil and Water Conservation Board
State-Federal Relations, Office of
Sulphur River Basin Authority
Sunset Advisory Commission
Supreme Court
Tax Professional Examiners, Board of
Teacher Retirement System
Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee
Transportation Institute, Texas
Transportation, Dept. of
Trinity River Authority
Upper Colorado River Authority
Upper Guadalupe River Authority
Veterans Commission
Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, Texas
Veterinary Medical Examiners, Board of
Water Development Board
Wildlife Damage Management Service, Texas
Workforce Commission
Youth Commission

See the 347 California Agencies:

As a sidenote, I used to live in California and when listening to the radio, I would often hear a commercial from the Bureau of Automitive Repair.  You know its bad when the bureaucrats feel the need and have the money to put commercials on the air to remind you of the importance of their service. 

I wonder what the justification of a Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation is.

Access for Infants and Mothers
Accountancy, California Board of
Acupuncture Board
Administrative Hearings, Office of
Administrative Law, Office of
African American Museum, California
Aging, California Commission on
Aging, Department of
Agricultural Labor Relations Board
AIDS, Office of
Air Resources Board
Alcohol and Drug Programs, Department of
Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board
Alcoholic Beverage Control, Department of
Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, California
Animal Health and Food Safety Services
Apprenticeship Council
Apprenticeship Standards, Division of
Arbitration Certification Program
Architect, State
Architects Board
Archives, California State
Arts Council
Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus
Assembly Democratic Caucus
Assembly Republican Caucus
Assembly, California State
Athletic Commission
Attorney General / Department of Justice
Audits, Bureau of State
Automotive Repair, Bureau of
Bar of California, State
Barbering and Cosmetology, Board of
Bay-Delta Authority
Behavioral Sciences, Board of
Biodiversity Council, California
Biogeographic Data Branch
Blind, Office of Services to the
Boating & Waterways, California Department of
Braille and Talking Book Library
Broadband Initiative, California
Building Standards Commission
Business Investment Services, California
Business, Transportation and Housing Agency
Cal-Learn DSS
CalVet Loans
Career Resource Network
Cemetary and Funeral Bureau
Central Valley Flood Protection Board
Chief Information Officer
Child Abuse Prevention, Office of
Child Support Services, Department of
Children and Family Services Division
Children's Trust Fund, California State
Chiropractic Examiners, Board of
Citizen's Compensation Program
Climate Change Portal
Coachella Mountains Valley Conservancy
Coastal Commission, California
Commission on Judicial Performance
Compensation Insurance Fund, State
Conservation Corps, California
Conservation, Department of
Consumer Affairs, Department of
Consumer Services Agency, State and
Contractor's State License Board
Contracts Register Program, California State
Controller, California State
Cool California
Corporations, Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of
Counties, California State Association of
Court Reporters Board of California
Courts of Appeal
Cyber Safety for Children
Dams, Division of Safety of
Data Exchange Center (Department of Water Resources)
DataQuest (Department of Education)
Deaf Access, Office of
Debt and Investment Advisory Commission
Delta Protection Commission
Delta Vision
Dental Board of California
Dental Hygiene Committee of California
Developmental Disabilities, State Council on
Developmental Services, Department of
Digital Library, California
Disability Insurance, State
Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Program
Earthquake Authority, California
Education Audit Appeals Plan
Education Reform, Institute for
Education, Department of
Education, State Board of
Educational Facilities Authority
Elections Division (Sec of State)
Electronic and Appliance Repair, Bureau of
Emergency Medical Services Authority
Employment Development Department
Employment Training Panel
Energy Commission, California
Environment Resources Evaluation System, California
Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Office of
Environmental Protection Agency
Equalization, Board of
eServices Office
Exposition & State Fair, California
Fair Employment and Housing Commission
Fair Employment and Housing, Department of
Fair Political Practices Commission
Fair, California State
Film Commission, California
Finance, Department of
Financial Institutions, Department of
Fire Marshal, Office of the State
Firearms Bureau, Department of Justice
First 5 California
First Five
First Lady
Fiscal Services
Fish & Game Commission
Fish and Game, Department of
Fleet Administration, Office of
Flex Your Power
Food and Agriculture, Department of
Forestry & Fire Protection, Board of
Franchise Tax Board
Gambling Control Commission
General Services, Department of
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), California
Geological Survey, California
Geologists and Geophysicists, California Board for
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Council, California
Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons
Governor's Mentoring Partnership
Governor's Office
Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Governor's Office of Homeland Security
Governor's Office of Research and Planning
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Board of
Habeas Corpus Resource Center
Hastings College of the Law
Health and Human Services Agency
Health and Safety & Workers' Compensation, Commission on
Health Care Services, Department of
Health Information Integrity, California Office of
Health Information Integrity, California Office of
Health Insurance Plan of California (PacAdvantage)
Health Planning and Development, Office of Statewide
Healthy Families Program
Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau
High-Speed Rail Authority
Highway Patrol, California
Historic Preservation, Office of
Historical and Cultural Endowment, California
Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation, Bureau of
Horse Racing Board
Housing and Community Development, Department of
Housing Finance Agency
Humanities, California Council for the
Independent Living Council, State
Indoor Air Quality Program
Industrial Relations, Department of
Information Center for the Environment
Information Security, Office of
Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank)
Inspector General, Office of the
Inspector General, Office of the
Insurance, Department of
Interagency Ecological Program
Judicial Council of California
Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Labor Market Information Division
Labor Standards Enforcement, Division of
Labor Statistics and Research, Division of
Land Resource Protection, Division of
Land Use Planning Information Network, California
Lands Commission, State
Landscape Architects Technical Committee
Latino Legislative Caucus
Law Revision Committee
Learn California
Legislative Analyst's office
Legislative Black Caucus
Legislative Counsel
Legislative Information
Legislature, California State
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus
Library, California State
Lietenant Governor of California
Little Hoover Commission
Lottery, State
Managed Health Care, Department of
Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board
Maritime Academy, California
Mediation & Conciliation Services
Medical Assistance Commission
Medical Board of California
Medical Care Services
Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Care Options
Medi-cal Provider
Mental Health, Department of
Military and Aerospace Support, Office of
Mine Reclamation, Office of
Mining and geology board
Motor Vehicles, Department of
Museum for History, Women and the Arts, California
Museum Resource Center
MyCali Youth Portal
National Guard, California
Native American Heritage Association
Natural Community Conservation Planning Program
Naturopathic Medicine, Bureau of
New Motor Vehicle Board
Nursing Home Administrator Program
Occupational Health and Safety, California Office of
Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board
Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board
Occupational Therapy, California Board of
Ocean Protection Council
Ocean Resources Management Program
Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources
Optometry, Board of
Osteopathic Medical Board of California
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
Parks and Recreation Committee
Parks, California State
Parole Hearings, Board of
Patient Advocate, Office of the
Peace Officer Standards & Training, Commission on
Personnel Administration, Department of
Personnel Board
Pesticide Regulation, Dept of
Pharmacy, Board of
Physical Therapy Board of california
Physician Assistant Committee
Podiatric Medicine, Board of
Pollution Control Financing Authority
Postsecondary Education Commission
Printing (Office of State Publishing)
Prison Health Care Services
Prison Industry Authority
Privacy Protection, Office of
Private Postsecondary Education, Bureau for
Procurement Division
Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Board for
Professional Fiduciaries Bureau
Psychology, Board of
Public Defender, Office of the
Public Employment Relations Board, California
Public Health, California Department of
Public Infrastructure Advisory Committee
Public Safety Communications
Public School Construction, Office of
Public Utilities Commission
Publishing, Office of State
Railroad Museum, California State
Real Estate Services Division
Real Estate, Department of
Recovery Task Force
Recycling, Division of
Refugee Programs Branch
Regenerative Medicine, California Institute for
Regents of the University of California
Registered Nursing, Board of
Registered Veterinary Technician Committee
Registrar of Charitable Trusts
Rehabilitation, Department of
Reporting Transparency
Resources Agency
Respiratory Care Board
Risk and Insurance Management, Office of
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
San Joaquin River Conservancy
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Save Our Water
School Finder, California
Science Center, California
Secretary for Education, Office of the
Secretary of State
Security and Investigative Services, Bureau of
Seismic Safety Commission
Self Insurance Plans
Senate Office of Research
Senate, California State
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Small Business & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Program
Small Business Development Centers
Smart Growth Caucus
Smog Check Information Center
Social Services Adoptions Branch, Department of
Social Services, Department of
Spatial Information Library, California
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board
Standardized Testing and Reporting
State Mandates, Commission on
Status of Women, Commission on
Structural Pest Control Board
Student Aid Commission
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Superior Courts
Supreme Court of California
Systems Integration, Office of
Tahoe Conservancy
Take Charge California
Tax Service Center
Teach California
Teacher Credentialing, Commission on
Teacher's Retirement System, California State
Technology Services, Office of
Telephone Medical Advice Services Bureau
Toxic Substances Control, Department of
Traffic Safety, Office of
Transportation Commission
Transportation, Department of
Travel and Tourism Commission, California
Treasurer, State
Unclaimed Property Program
Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
Unemployment Insurance Program
Uniform Custom Cost Accounting Commission
University of California
University, California State
Veteran Affairs, Departmen tof
Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, Board of
Volunteers, California
Voter Registration - Secretary of State
Water Resources Control Board
Water Resources, Department of
WE Connect
Welfare to Work Division
Wetlands Information System
Wildlife Conservation Board
Worker's Compensation Appeals Board
Worker's Compensation Medical Unit, Division of
Worker's Compensation, Division of
Workforce Investment Board


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