Tuesday, February 17, 2009

California, richest state, almost broke

LOS ANGELES — The state of California — its deficits ballooning, its lawmakers intransigent and its governor apparently bereft of allies or influence — appears headed off the fiscal rails.

Since the fall [...] the state has fallen into deeper financial straits, with more bad news coming daily from Sacramento. The state, nearly out of cash, has laid off scores of workers and put hundreds more on unpaid furloughs. It has stopped paying counties and issuing income tax refunds and halted thousands of infrastructure projects.

Twenty-thousand layoff notices will go out on Tuesday morning, Matt David, the communications director for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said Monday night. “In the absence of a budget we need to realize this savings and the process takes six months,” Mr. David said.

After negotiating nonstop from Saturday afternoon until late Sunday night on a series of budget bills that would have closed a projected $41 billion deficit, state lawmakers failed to get enough votes to close the deal and adjourned.

More here.

LINK
- New York Times: California, Almost Broke, Nears Brink
- Democracy Now! Layoff Notices for 20,000 California Workers Sent Out


2 comments:

Ian said...

This is clearly the god of progressivism punishing them for baning gay marriage.

Eric said...

"god of progressivism" is the coolest contradiction in terms I've heard in years. Thanks!

BTW; some gods seem to have come to an agreement.

Who said there can only be one god?

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