“They must eradicate collective bargaining rights for public sector workers; they must terminate open borders policies that allow sanctuary cities to exist in California; and they must rein in the regulatory superstate that has sent businesses fleeing the state in record numbers.”
By Dell Hill via Director Blue
Poster Child for Insanity: Los Angeles Times Advocates for Even Higher Taxes So Californians Can "Pay It Forward"
Those sounds you just heard were California's beleaguered taxpayers
smacking themselves on their foreheads:
California's budget is almost never adopted by the legal deadline, but it was this year — in part because of a new simple-majority-vote requirement that left quarrelsome Republicans out of the discussion, and in part because daydreaming Democrats relied on a vaporous wish that the economy was going to improve and that the state would recoup $3.7 billion more in tax revenues than now seems likely. The shortfall is expected to trigger $2 billion in spending cuts, and Californians who think that's a good thing — that the cuts will impose needed fiscal discipline, or will force the state to make more responsible decisions, or will punish lazy freeloaders or greedy state workers — should wake up and smell the future...
...California is a wealthy state, with enough money and brains to create a future of opportunity and achievement for the next generation. As we face these new triggered cuts and even deeper cuts in the coming year, Californians must now show whether we still have sufficient regard for each other and for our successors to invest a little more today for an abundant, and sustainable, future.
The Times ignores the costs of California's operation as a sanctuary state, which the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates at $20 billion. Consider just one slice of that figure and the devastating effects that California's open borders policies have on taxpayers:
According to The Modesto Bee, the California correctional system spends $50,000 annually to house each prisoner. This translates to 10 percent of the entire state's budget -- more than double that of the immense California university system -- which is spent on prisoners.
The state prison system currently houses about 155,000 inmates, 21,000 of whom are illegal aliens. Thus, California is spending about $1,050,000,000 (one billion and fifty million dollars) on imprisonment of illegals alone.
There is only way out of this mess for California before cities and the state itself descend into bankruptcy and chaos: they must eradicate collective bargaining rights for public sector workers; they must terminate open borders policies that allow sanctuary cities to exist in California; and they must rein in the regulatory superstate that has sent businesses fleeing the state in record numbers.
The time is now, Californians. You don't have much time left to repair this mess. Reject the idiocy of the Los Angeles Times and the other leftists who have set the state on a course for economic collapse. Vote for freedom.”
A Comment From Dell:
California is boned.
This comment makes all the sense in the world.....
“There is only way out of this mess for California before cities and the state itself descend into bankruptcy and chaos: they must eradicate collective bargaining rights for public sector workers; they must terminate open borders policies that allow sanctuary cities to exist in California; and they must rein in the regulatory superstate that has sent businesses fleeing the state in record numbers.”
….But, we know that the Golden State’s political mindset is so warped, it will do NONE of those things.
Jerry Brown will put forward a faux effort to reign in the public sector collective bargaining, but the union will bowl him over with political clout any time it feels like it.
The state embraces - rather than opposes - a totally open border policy and let’s be honest here - California is a sanctuary State. The fact that it costs California tax payers over a billion dollars a year to keep illegals in prison just doesn’t seem to resonate in Sacramento. That cost alone would make up the entire annual budget of smaller states.
The only answer Governor Brown will have for that problem is to start releasing prisoners “early” - especially those prison sentences that are associated with crimes of non-violence. That ploy, however, will do very little to reduce the deficit and will only succeed in putting an additional huge strain on the parole system. Early release programs almost always include the proviso that the convict remains on parole until the original sentence has been completed. When you consider the fact that crimes committed by sexual deviants are usually classified as “non violent”, you better understand the problems such programs create.
As for businesses leaving? It’s too late. The exodus is long-since underway and every tax payer who can afford to do so is headed elsewhere. I’ve talked with several and some are taking huge losses on California property just to flee the anticipated increase in every tax and fee imaginable. The fact that the housing market nationwide is in the toilet isn’t helping matters for those beleaguered folks.
“I sold a house in California that had an appraised value of $280,000 for half that amount because it had been on the market for over a year and that was the best offer I got,” said one disgruntled former California resident. “With the State in such deep financial trouble, I couldn’t believe it when the governor decided to spend a hundred billion dollars more on that high-speed rail system. That was the last straw for me. The unions control this state and they’re spending it into the ground”.
That person now calls Texas “home”.