We’re about to find out
It’s the same thing every year; California overspends, and Democrats blame the Republicans for wanting the state to cut its insane spending rather than just raising taxes and spending still more.
The California Democrat majority, and by extension the state budget, are in the iron grip of unions, past and present;
We’re now 25 billion dollars in the red in California. The governor along with his Democrat controlled legislature will never do the right thing. They’re the same folks who brought you this mess. When Governor Brown was previously the governor he signed the Dills Act in 1978 that gave civil servants the right to collective bargaining. He did this on his very first day in office as governor. This revolutionary enactment was the beginning of the end or our state. Now, with the power of government labor unions unchecked, state employees, now the largest unionized force of any state, have controlled the legislative agenda for the past 30 years. Their sweetheart pension plans are a marvel to their political strength and are unmatched anywhere in the private sector. This is why although state workers’ pensions are the single largest problem in this budget crisis, Brown has not even mentioned it in his new “reform” proposals. He has however mentioned tax increases, or as he calls them tax “extensions”. A two-thirds margin of Californians overwhelmingly opposes tax increases as a solution.
Here’s the problem, notwithstanding a current state budget deficit of 25 billion dollars, the state has700 billion dollars in unfunded pension liabilities. This is ticking time bomb. No matter how much we cut and balance today’s budget, we will never catch up and meet the needs of the ridiculously high unfunded pensions. This is the problem. Brown’s budget may take away state workers’ cell phones and some social services dollars, but seriously, big deal. This is just more smoke and mirrors. It just kicks the can down the road. This will not solve our major structural problem.
Now ask yourself, don’t you think it’s time to be a bit more conservative? Is conservationism a Democrat tenet? If not, maybe it’s time for you to re-think your voting habits.
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