Thursday, July 17, 2008

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.
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Speaking of budgets and taxes, the Wall Street Journal ran a commentary today about California's budget and plans to raise taxes. I'd already heard Toyota pulled plans to build a Prius factory in the state. They're headed to Mississippi, instead. I hadn't been aware that the AAA auto club is closing all of its offices in California which will result in 900 jobs lost. Who will leave next?

4 Comments:

At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Andrew Bird said...

Blame Rob Arkley. He's the one who financed Schwartzenegger's election.

 
At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, Patty Berg, Wes Chesbro and their Tax and Spend Party control the Legislature, the Budget and the purse strings of California.

 
At 5:30 AM, Blogger Fred said...

That is correct.

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If I'm not mistaken, Patty Berg, Wes Chesbro and their Tax and Spend Party control the Legislature, the Budget and the purse strings of California."

Once again you trot out the old myth-
look it up please- in the last 200 years- taxes AND defits have risen the most during Republican control!

WHY do dems let this stupid myth keep going?

BTW- your GOVERNOR is Republican.

 

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