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Don’t Blame Me, Jerry, I voted for Meg

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:18 pm - May 12, 2012.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,California politics

California deficit has soared to $16 billion, Gov. Jerry Brown says:

Gov. Jerry Brown announced on Saturday that the state’s deficit has ballooned to $16 billion, a huge increase over his $9.2-billion estimate in January.

The bigger deficit is a significant setback for California, which has struggled to turn the page on a devastating budget crisis. Brown, who announced the deficit on YouTube, is expected to outline his full budget proposal on Monday in Sacramento.

“This means we will have to go much further, and make cuts far greater, than I asked for at the beginning of the year,” Brown said in the video.

Good.  Jerry, you also might want to consider repealing the Dills Act. That could go a long way to cutting the costs of state government.

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12 Comments

  1. Hi Dan,
    Can you please help me find the GP links from 2004 – 2010 concerning California’s ballooning budget?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — May 12, 2012 @ 5:21 pm - May 12, 2012

  2. Meg Whitman wasn’t governor during that time period.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 12, 2012 @ 5:23 pm - May 12, 2012

  3. I wonder if the $15 million the Lightbringer raised at Clooney’s crib might have been better spent, you know, FIXING THE STATE.

    Steve Lopez, a man I’d hardly call a conservative, pretty much asked the same question.

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — May 12, 2012 @ 5:32 pm - May 12, 2012

  4. Meg Whitman wasn’t governor during that time period.

    No, at that time California was governed by a socially progressive Republican who compromised with Democrats at every opportunity… the sort of Republican liberals claim they wish all Republicans were like.

    Comment by V the K — May 12, 2012 @ 5:38 pm - May 12, 2012

  5. One good thing about Brown’s governorship is that the Democrats are being forced to deal with reality. No, the $16B deficit doesn’t exist because of an evil Republican conspiracy. It exists because public employee compensation (salaries, benefits, pensions, etc.) has grown for 3 decades like a cancer. And also because the California economy can’t grow or recover, under left-wing policies (including both Brown’s and Obama’s).

    One bad thing about Brown’s governorship is that the Democrats hate having to face reality, and are going to hold the people of CA hostage for higher taxes. In other words, they intend to cut essential services to make people think that higher taxes is the only way – rather than rein in public employee compensation.

    I might be wrong. In other words: Governor Brown, surprise me. Please.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 12, 2012 @ 5:51 pm - May 12, 2012

  6. No, at that time California was governed by a socially progressive Republican who compromised with Democrats at every opportunity…

    So, there must be some GP links on what a horrible job he was doing.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — May 12, 2012 @ 5:56 pm - May 12, 2012

  7. Communists don’t believe in math. It’s that simple. They think they can spend money no matter what. California needs to go bankrupt to wake these idiots up. Most of them need to be kicked out of their jobs.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — May 12, 2012 @ 8:50 pm - May 12, 2012

  8. The facts here: (1) Jerry Brown has been governor for over a year-and-a-half; (2) Democrats have controlled the state legislature for 17 years; (3) the state has a $16B deficit.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 13, 2012 @ 12:58 am - May 13, 2012

  9. Cine – there was plenty gnashing of teeth on conservative blogs when the girlie man got rolled by the Democrats (aka the public-employee unions).

    California has been governed by Democrats for almost 40 years… all GOP governors could do was slow the train a little.

    Brown and the Dems are being consumed by the monster they birthed in the 70s when public employees were granted collective bargaining (making the Assembly a wholly-owned subsidiary of the unions).

    Just a couple of days ago, I got an email from a San Diego Country city promoting the “211″ county website:

    http://www.211sandiego.org/

    First thing I see is a graphic of a woman proud of the number of people she got signed up on the dole.

    No matter how broke the government; no matter what burden net taxpayers bear; there’s always more room in the cart. At least until the wheels fall off.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — May 13, 2012 @ 3:15 pm - May 13, 2012

  10. Despite his utter failure as Governator, Ahnuld sees fit to lecture Republicans that they need to be more like him The $20 Billion deficit RINO whines that the Republicans have become a “small tent” party. Hey Arnie, the only small tent in the Republican Party was the one in your trousers when your housemaid bent over in front of you.

    Comment by V the K — May 13, 2012 @ 3:39 pm - May 13, 2012

  11. Humm…another deficit in the Golden State. What a big surprise. I attended a training offered by a County Employee. She was happy that there were finally several billboards up on busy freeways inviting people to get on California’s new food stamp program called “Cal Fresh.” She was also proud that the County finally had “Lactation Coaches” for all the lower social economic mothers who needed training on breast feeding their new infants. She handed out her business card and proudly announced that she had a Master’s Degree – from an online institution that I had never heard of…humm. The final insult was that she was proud to be an employee of the County who “specialized” in telling people how to avoid getting the flu!!! Huh??? And California wonders why we are in a deficit situation???

    Comment by killiteten - Native Intelligence — May 13, 2012 @ 11:46 pm - May 13, 2012

  12. California simply needs to cease spending so much money. The whole state is like a Hollywood air-head blonde bimbo loose with a credit card in the fancy, overpriced shops of Rodeo Drive. Stop spending money. What’s the chances of that happening? About the same as forcing all these state employee unions to “pay their Fair Share.” We all know Democrats love talking about “paying a fair share” they just don’t practice what they preach.

    Comment by Mart Martin — May 14, 2012 @ 12:33 pm - May 14, 2012

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