Where'd It All Go?
Interesting commentary in the Los Angeles Times this morning taking a look at the 40% increase in state spending over the last four years. The writer points out that, while we can certainly follow the money's trail, the money doesn't seem to have made much of a noticeable difference to most people.
For instance: Does the additional money we spent on schools end up in a better education for kids? Do our highly paid prison guards and prison system result result in better rehabilitation and a more efficient prison system?
This gives some credence to the suggestion I and others have made when budget cuts are being fought over: Just dust off a copy of the budget we used four years ago and use that one.