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California budget issues

2009-07-17 20:01:35.110123+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Philip Greenspun has some commentary on California's current fiscal crisis, and mentions this page which claims that, adjusted for inflation:

In 2008 the total California budget was 3.54 times higher than it was in 1970.

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#Comment Re: How/Where is the Money Spent? made: 2009-07-17 20:41:08.800976+00 by: jeff

I think I mentioned/requested this in a separate thread/post, but how and where are California tax dollars spent? Where does the money go?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-07-17 21:11:49.580339+00 by: Dan Lyke

The Governor's budget summary is probably a good place to start. Stopping the drug war could easily free up 5-8 billion bucks, if you could get past the very powerful prison guard's union, I wish I had a better way to analyze some of those other issues.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-07-17 21:27:31.783287+00 by: jeff

Thanks for the link, Dan...

No arguments about stopping the drug war. It would reduce deaths attributed to it, and derive tax revenue from legalizing pot. As an aside, I had also read somewhere that experienced firemen in some towns make over $200K a year. That's volunteer work in many midwestern states.