A California Budget That Reflects Plenty Of Dollars — But Less Sense

 

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By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views

We have a $9 billion surplus, but taxes on cell phones are going up to finance a repair of the 9-1-1 system.  We have the money but the Democrats want to nickel and dime us to Texas—or poverty, whichever comes first.

“At present, Democrats occupy 55 of the 80 State Assembly seats and 26 of California’s 40 State Senate seats. Were the budget to be voted strictly along party lines, Democrats could lose 14 Assembly members and 5 senators and still have a spending plan.

Not surprisingly, Gov. Brown will exit office next year with this talking point: dating back to 2011, all of his state budgets were completed and enacted before California’s July 1 fiscal deadline.

On the one hand, it’s made for a pleasant departure from the last year of the Schwarzenegger Administration, when the budget came in 100 days past due – and didn’t pass the smell test as it had some fishy math having to do with expected money from Washington (historically, California loves to put its thumb on the budget scale).”

Late budgets were negotiated.  Jerry Brown budgets are wish lists, with poverty for the middle class at the signing of the bill.  We are spending $201 billion this year—with over a trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities—while still claiming a $16 billion rainy day fund.  Democrats will spend whatever they can get—this budget proves that adage.

 

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Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant. http://capoliticalnews.com/

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