## California Governor Jerry Brown Proposes Spending Cuts

It seems the worst case is California can not sell bonds and it must cut spending to match income. When that happens I want to move to California. They will have a realistic budget. Of course they will need to pro-rate pension payment to say 50% on the dollar. They might also want to consider capping pension payments to no more than $80,000 per year.  Quote by PhilKravitz It seems the worst case is California can not sell bonds and it must cut spending to match income. When that happens I want to move to California. They will have a realistic budget. Of course they will need to pro-rate pension payment to say 50% on the dollar. They might also want to consider capping pension payments to no more than$80,000 per year.
They should, but it seems they have some kind of economic suicide pact with themselves. Maybe they took that Tool song to literally and tried to hasten the process. The whole endeavor of California is kind of ridiculous at this point actually, but nature has such direct answers to our problems. Shake shake shake... shake shake shake... shake your faultline, dooba doop dooba dooby!

 Quote by nismaratwork They should, but it seems they have some kind of economic suicide pact with themselves. Maybe they took that Tool song to literally and tried to hasten the process. The whole endeavor of California is kind of ridiculous at this point actually, but nature has such direct answers to our problems. Shake shake shake... shake shake shake... shake your faultline, dooba doop dooba dooby!
Perhaps they should offer Mexico 10% of their total prisons budget (a 90% savings would be very helpful) to take all of their prisoners - then take 10% of the savings and (add some beds and curtains) redevelop the prison properties into Medicaid-only hospitals - staffed with med students and interns?

 Quote by WhoWee Perhaps they should offer Mexico 10% of their total prisons budget (a 90% savings would be very helpful) to take all of their prisoners - then take 10% of the savings and (add some beds and curtains) redevelop the prison properties into Medicaid-only hospitals - staffed with med students and interns?
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I don't honestly know, but especially the notion of a teaching environment and the rest... It wouldn't pass, but would it work? I kind of like the notion... I really like it actually. You'd need a FEW attendings, but not many. Bam, Michael Moore can have his "utopia". *gag*

 Quote by WhoWee Perhaps they should offer Mexico 10% of their total prisons budget (a 90% savings would be very helpful) to take all of their prisoners - then take 10% of the savings and (add some beds and curtains) redevelop the prison properties into Medicaid-only hospitals - staffed with med students and interns?
I think you are onto something here. They could outsource to Mexico prisons and all people on welfare and pensions. They could cut much of their spending 90%. If they can get past the unions they can bring in H1B visa folks to teach and do all state work at a 50% savings. I think we have it solved.

 Quote by PhilKravitz I think you are onto something here. They could outsource to Mexico prisons and all people on welfare and pensions. They could cut much of their spending 90%. If they can get past the unions they can bring in H1B visa folks to teach and do all state work at a 50% savings. I think we have it solved.
Given the state of that state, I'm not sure that it wouldn't be a positive change all around...

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This is a revealing, on the ground, tale from historian, author, and multi-generational California resident Victor David Hanson:

The Two Californias

 The last three weeks I have traveled about, taking the pulse of the more forgotten areas of central California. I wanted to witness, even if superficially, what is happening to a state that has the highest sales and income taxes, the most lavish entitlements, the near-worst public schools (based on federal test scores), and the largest number of illegal aliens in the nation, along with an overregulated private sector, a stagnant and shrinking manufacturing base, and an elite environmental ethos that restricts commerce and productivity without curbing consumption. [...] In two supermarkets 50 miles apart, I was the only one in line who did not pay with a social-service plastic card (gone are the days when “food stamps” were embarrassing bulky coupons). But I did not see any relationship between the use of the card and poverty as we once knew it: The electrical appurtenances owned by the user and the car into which the groceries were loaded were indistinguishable from those of the upper middle class. By that I mean that most consumers drove late-model Camrys, Accords, or Tauruses, had iPhones, Bluetooths, or BlackBerries, and bought everything in the store with public-assistance credit

 Quote by mheslep This is a revealing, on the ground, tale from historian, author, and multi-generational California resident Victor David Hanson: The Two Californias
And water...

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 Quote by Pengwuino And it won't pass. It never passes. ...
Probably not. The Governator veto'd what he could from the legislature. Did anyone see this particular veto message telling the legislature what he thought of them? Check the first letter of each line in the 2nd and 3rd stanzas.

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 Quote by Vanadium 50 A federal bailout of California would have to be done on incredibly punishing terms. Otherwise every state would spend as much as they wanted, tax as little as they wanted, and would let their neighbors (through the feds) pay for it. It would also be an enormous transfer of wealth from red states to the bluest of blue states - and from the poor to the wealthy. (California has the 9th highest median household income) However it was done, it would have to be so bad that the other 49 states would be scared off. However painful living within their means would be, this would have to be worse. How bad? I suspect you would find people looking at Reconstruction as the closest historical parallel.
There is no political possibility what so ever, or none that I can imagine, that will allow a federal bailout of California with this Congress.

 Quote by Vanadium 50 It's never happened. Which laws apply is not a simple thing, though.
Sure it has, at least the default on their debts happened. No federal bailout was required or forthcoming either, though some form of default happened to most of the early 19th century states. It seems canal building frenzies took many of them down back in the day. Eight of them imploded in 1841 alone. Yet they are all still there, did not drift off into the Atlantic.

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 Quote by Pengwuino Honestly, Californians think we are better than all of you people. No joke.
Others have noticed. Meet Alain.
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clip...francisco-town

 Quote by Pengwuino Honestly, Californians think we are better than all of you people. No joke.
California reminds me of the UAW.

For years, we have our noses rubbed into the rhetoric of how superior CA is as a state and union workers are to other workers. Also, the CA economy is bigger than most countries and UAW workers make more when laid off than the average non-union worker, etc.

However, the truth is CA couldn't pay for it's eccentricities and the UAW bankrupt GM. Now both need the rest of us to save them- they feel entitled to the help - they're not thankful - and they're not willing to change.

GM should have gone through a Chapter 11 and have the UAW contracts thrown away. CA should be allowed to fail - then re-organized under very strict reform - including a serious judicial review of the environmental initiatives. People aren't allowed to commit suicide - states shouldn't be allowed to either.

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 Quote by WhoWee California Governor Jerry Brown, faced with a $25 billion deficit has proposed over$12.5 billion in cuts, nearly across the board.
I feel for him, I really do! As a struggling freelance writer earning less than thirty grand, I "get it." Tightening one's belt isn't comfortable, but it's sometimes necessary.

When one is self-employed, however, doing so doesn't result in hundreds of departments complaining loudly in response!

 Quote by mugaliens I feel for him, I really do! As a struggling freelance writer earning less than thirty grand, I "get it." Tightening one's belt isn't comfortable, but it's sometimes necessary. When one is self-employed, however, doing so doesn't result in hundreds of departments complaining loudly in response!
Ah yes... the cheapest Ramen noodle base, bulk noodles, and bulk-powdered chicken stock for convenience food, and scrounging-creativity for the rest. I think we should send Turbo-1 to California and explain just what a joy pre-made noodles and such can be... I know his recollections have given me a new appreciation even for the times of bulk-noodle.

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 Quote by skippy1729 Where is he going to get the other $12.5 B. They are headed for the cliff and I can't imagine who wants their bonds. Maybe the State pension funds would like to buy them? Skippy The references provided here say Brown plans ~$12B cuts and another ~$12B increase from revenues to close the total$25B deficit.

 Quote by mheslep The references provided here say Brown plans ~$12B cuts and$12B increase from revenues to close the total $25B deficit. I believe you, but... where the hell is he getting$12B? Is it possible he'll raise taxes and accept that he'll be a one-term governor?