I balanced CA's budget...and you can too!
With a tip of the hat to Mark Kleiman, the Sacramento Bee offers you an opportunity to balance CA's budget.
I balanced CA's budget without cutting any social spending for poor and moderate income people, without hurting mentally ill people, and with no cuts in education, etc. I cut through prison reforms mentioned. I raised revenues without increasing the sales tax on anything, not even alcohol or cigarettes. I did agree with Brown's plan with regard to redevelopment agencies, whose time has passed. They are too often fonts of business leader corruption which require a different procedure to improve the infrastructure for communities.
The one thing the Sacramento Bee should have included, but didn't is to restore the top income tax rates from the Wilson administration (1990-1998) on the wealthiest 10%. Had this been included, I could have been more precise in cuts to redevelopment agencies, too.
The exercise proves again that CA's problems are structural and further prove one does not have to act punitively against the poor or further harm libraries or schools. One other thing people will notice is how little is saved by eliminating support for libraries, eliminating poor people's programs, and even juvenile justice programs. None of that surprised me, nor should it surprise those who have studied the costs of welfare programs. One thing that did surprise me: CalWORKS cost more than I thought, but I think that has been a function of high number undercounted unemployed in the State.