California’s budget cuts are striking the state where it really hurts: the justice and education systems. The bad news from the courts just doesn’t seem to stop: Over the last 3 years, the funds available to state courts dropped by 30 percent. $350 million will be cut from this year’s budget. Forty percent of the staff at San Francisco Superior Court were laid off. It will now take nine months for a motorist to contest a ticket, with those who win their case forced to wait multiple more months to be refunded for fees and fines. Divorce cases used to take five months to settle; they will now take as long as eighteen months.Things don’t seem much better on the education front. California ranks last in the country in funding per university student. Only 53 percent of high school graduates go to college, down from 57 percent in 2007. Most alarming is a study that found that each university-graduating class is less educated than the preceding.One last thing to note: With all of these budget cuts, you’d think that the state would try to save some money where it can. Well a report by the National University System Institute for Policy Research found that school districts were overpaying by millions of dollars on construction projects because the schools were using union-only contracts. For example, the Los Angeles Unified School District could have saved $166 million on various construction projects if they had accepted bids from non-union firms. The Sacramento and San Francisco school districts similarly overpaid.So instead of saving money, keeping teachers employed, and making tuition affordable, California’s schools are pointlessly overpaying on new construction while California ranks at or near the bottom of the nation’s individual and business tax climate.This is what state failure looks like.