THE CALIFORNIA BUDGET CRISIS….The Hartford Courant ran an article yesterday that provides a pretty balanced look at the California budget crisis and what caused it. Basic points:
Yes, spending went up a lot.
However, California was recovering from rock-bottom spending in the early 1990s. Everyone voted to increase spending, not just Democrats.
Even with the increases, California is still right around the middle in terms of state spending compared to state income.
Proposition 13 has made the situation much worse because it forces California to rely disproportionately on income and capital gains taxes.
It’s a good summary. But why do I have to go to the Hartford Courant to read it?
As for why we can’t seem to resolve our budget mess, that’s the result of a witch’s brew of extremists safely ensconced in gerrymandered districts, term limits keeping a perpetual crew of amateurs in charge, a ridiculous two-thirds requirement to pass a budget, and the California Republican Party’s insane hatred of Gray Davis. If you’re interested, here’s a pretty decent description of the Golden State’s dysfunctional politics.
Don’t you wish you lived here?