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the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by bIG bLOGGER on 19 February 2009 4:47pm
 
It's reported here in the UK press that Governor Schwarzenegger can't get a Budget passed through the Californian senate,the state deficit is the largest in the USA,the foreclosure rate is the 2nd highest (after Nevada); he's sending 'pink slips' (redundancy notices) to 20,000 public sector employees,and he's been told by judges in the state legislature that he will have to release 55,000 inmates in the state's jails by 2012,to save costs,whether they have finished their sentences or not.

California has always been one of the wealthiest states of the Union,so one is prompted to ask:
How did it come down to this??
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by mrsteabag on 19 February 2009 5:07pm
 
They also pay outrageous taxes, so the only thing I can think of is that something's getting mismanaged someplace.
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by peripatetically on 19 February 2009 5:13pm
 
I think I heard a few minutes ago on the car radio that it was passed.
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by mrsthing on 19 February 2009 8:14pm
 
People think Connecticut is a rich state, but we're not. We do have a lot of very rich people--old money, Wall Street and Madison Avenue millionaires who live here to "get away from it all", and celebrities. But we also have a lot of poor and lower-middle class folks, too. My little experience of California is that it's the same way. Plenty of rich folks, but lots of poor. And probably more, before we're done with this recession.
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by peripatetically on 19 February 2009 11:17pm
 
Same in Maryland, A few very rich counties with lots of old and new money. baltimore City and Baltimore Co. have large sectors of very wealthy but also has it's share of poor folk. I'm in one of the so-called "richer" counties, but am not rich by any means. LOL. If only....
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by kazzzz on 20 February 2009 12:01am
 
I'm sorry but "Governor Schwarzenegger" just makes me laugh!!
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by bIG bLOGGER on 20 February 2009 2:50pm
 
"Governor Schwarzenegger" was sworn in on November 17,2003--replacing former Governor of California,Gray Davis,in mid-term. He has since been re-elected to serve 2 further terms as Governor.

So,kazzzz, I would have thought you have had 5 years to get used to his 'new' role,but you are still laughing!!

This is a guy who is SERIOUS about his job! Viz:--

"It's the most difficult decision I made in my entire life,except the one I made in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax...." (--On announcing his gubernatorial candidacy on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno)

"When I get to Sacramento (the State Capitol),I will pump up Sacramento..."

(--What did he think Sacramento was... a bouncy castle?? )

"Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million dollars,but I was just as happy when I had $48 million dollars..."

(--I bet all Californians now wish they could say the same!!) ;)
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by kazzzz on 20 February 2009 2:56pm
 
Nope, I still find it utterly hilarious:)
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by tucsonmike on 20 February 2009 7:36pm
 
I am surprised Geraldine, who lives in California has not weighed in on this. Mr. P can ask his Hollywood friends about it, like Jamie Lee Curtis ;-)

Remember, I am responding as a citizen of a neighborhing state from what I see and know.
Gov. Arnold took over from Gray Davis, who created a mess. Basically, little was expected of Arnold. If he failed, the state was in such dire straits, no one would fault him, if he succeeded, it would be against anyones wildest fantasy.

For a while, he succeeded, now this. Part of the problem is 90% of California's budget is tied up in propositions that were voted for. The voters would have to vote to repeal them. So there is little wiggle room.
 
Re: the state of California:is it heading for Skid Row?? by sighthound on 21 February 2009 1:52am
 
I was going to say something, Mike, but it is all too depressing. The only thing that gives a giggle is that they had to lock up all the politicians in the Capitol for two nights in a row to get them to finally come up with a budget and we were treated to pics of Senators showing up with sleeping bags and toothbrushes.

Education (which has been horribly underfunded since Proposition 13 passed) has been further slashed and the sales tax is increased. The rich will not be much affected and the poor will pay.

At the end of the last legislative session for several weeks I listened in every day to both the Senate and Assembly sessions to make sure that a bill I had been fighting for two years didn't magically reappear. There was bill after bill after bill passed with NO ONE questioning the cost since it was just a half a million there, another three million here and so on. Every politician got his pet project approved and no one bothered to say how it would be paid for.

The money to pay for the propositions is not the problem, Mike. Usually they are valid expenditures that are needed to do something important that the Legislature has failed to do. The problem is the funding for special interests that the public has no knowledge of.

 
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