T/S Looks At State Economy Problems
Not a bad write up in the Times- Standard this morning on the reasons for the state's economic woes. Much of what they've written has been said here before by yours truly. I can't help but wonder if it must make the folks at the Times- Standard feel a bit awkward. After all, I'd bet money that the vast majority that work there voted for all the bonds and such that the article says contributed to the state's economic mess.
I'd only take exception to one part of the article. It's certainly not the first place I've heard it and won't be that last, but I take exception to those that blame this mess on the 2/3 majority requirement to pass a budget.
Dan Faulk is quoted as saying, "California is also one of only three states in the country that requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass the budget. While the majority party often gets the brunt of the blame for inaction in government, when it comes to the California budget, the opposite is often true as it only takes a few legislators in the minority party to derail a budget vote.".
What does that have to do with anything? I've mentioned here before that the last time our state budget was passed on time was the 2000- 2001 fiscal year budget. That's where they blew all the surplus money from the dotcom boom with permanent spending increases that helped get us to where we are today.
It's ludicrous to assume that if the Democrat majority had their way in the legislature and they could pass a budget with just 51% we wouldn't be in the mess we are today. Sure, they would have likely raised taxes years ago, and succeeded. But spending would probably still have outpaced revenue gains, possibly even more so, if just a simple majority could pass the budget.
There might be valid arguments for getting rid of the 2/3 majority requirement. The state's current money mess isn't one of them.