California Dems Fight Brown Over Tax Windfall
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  • Pug

    Jerry has the ability to be a real tightwad. That’s good.
    California should work on restoring its higher education system, though. It was a huge factor in making the state great.

  • jeburke

    I don’t think it’s possible to have an honest discussion of these issues with anyone who maintains that Californians suffered from “brutal cuts.” This sort of rhetoric hides the truth and does violence to the language. California’s state spending is considerably higher than it was at the start of the recession, and the new budget projection is higher than this year’s or last year’s budget. This is true whether one looks at the state’s general fund outlays, the total of general spending and capital outlays from bonded debt, or the grand total of actual expenditures combining state funds and all forms of federal assistance.

    In fact, that grand total has risen by more than a whopping 15% in the latest budget vs. expenditures in the 07-08 or 08-09 fiscal years.

    To be sure, there was a temporary reduction in state outlays, but that gap was more than filled by huge increases in federal aid, due primarily to the 2009 stimulus program. Whatever one thinks of the stimulus, one of its main purposes was to support state spending levels, prevent layoffs of public employees, etc. and it succeeded!

    If California actually cut anything it could not actually do without nicely, I’d be very surprised.

  • Corlyss

    My take on the Dem dominance in Ca. government is a little different. History shows that when Dems have all the levers of power, they FUBAR everything they get their law-making hands on. They overreach something awful. And almost immediately the voters realize their mistake and try to correct it. It’s only a matter of time before the Dems hang themselves with all that rope.

  • Of course, not a single mention of the major factor that helped cause the problem in the first place or the realistic things CA could do to reverse that major factor.

    I’m not going to mention what that major factor is, but it’s something that’s given more power to the far-left, helped drive the middle class out of CA, helped increase spending, and helped decrease revenue among other things.

    Do any “The American Interest” readers know what that is, and do any know why Walter Russell Mead didn’t mention it?

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