Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Have We Ever Heard This Story In California Before?

Yes, yes we have. It's an annual thing these days, if not more frequent than that:
California will run out of cash by early March if the state does not take swift action to find $3.3 billion through payment delays and borrowing, according to a letter state Controller John Chiang sent to state lawmakers today.

The announcement is surprising since lawmakers previously believed the state had enough cash to last through the fiscal year that ends in June.

But Chiang said additional cash management solutions are needed because state tax revenues are $2.6 billion less than what Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers assumed in their optimistic budget last year. Meanwhile, Chiang said, the state is spending $2.6 billion more than state leaders planned on.
Chiang's a Democrat, but he speaks the truth about our screwed up budgeting and he calls it like he sees it. I will probably vote for him if he runs again.

2 comments:

Marlex said...

Florida has its share of problems, but I can say our budget isn't really one of them.

The Florida Constitution requires that the legislature pass only one bill each year (obviously they pass a lot more than one)... a balanced budget.

Borrowing is not an option. (Although they've been known to raid trust funds from time to time.)

MikeAT said...

Marlex

Today I just took a class on legislative updates and I recall the wisdom of what someone said about the Texas legislature.

Texas has a part time legislature and it meets every 2 years for 140 days. And the general consensus is it would be better if they met every 140 years for 2 days.

And yes, we also have a balanced budget in Texas.