A Look At State Expenses
Interesting look at the state deficit in the L.A. Times. The author claims,
"California could fire every state employee -- including well-paid prison guards and university professors -- close every government office, stop all travel and even cease the purchase of paper clips without closing the budget gap. The government would be gone but the deficit wouldn't."
Unbelievable, except he doesn't say how big the deficit would be after getting rid of state government.
Of course, one of his recommendations for fixing the budget is getting rid of the 2/3 majority requirement to raise taxes. Seems to me that if you could basically dissolve government in this state and still have a deficit, increasing taxes wouldn't work.
What I'd like to know, and I don't know that I've seen it mentioned anywhere, is how much the sales tax- or any other tax for that matter- would need to be raised to eliminate the current deficit? And I suspect that, even without a government, the deficit might still increase as it always has over the last decade or two. We'll need even more taxes after that.
How much are you willing to pay?
Labels: California State Government