Yes there is a solution to California’s budget woes and no there isn’t a solution
“I think that there will be across-the-board cuts again,” he said at a San Jose news conference….
“I can’t think of any good solutions,” said Assemblywoman Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), who chairs the budget committee. Although the projected deficit would be smaller than the last one, she said, “the cuts are going to be harder to make because we’ve already made such substantial cuts.”
This is, in one sense, false. The solution to California’s budget woes is to raise taxes, primarily on the rich, and to allow municipalities to raise property taxes. The solution is dead simple.
However, in a more real sense, there is no solution. Because California’s constitution allows a minority rump of Republicans to veto the majority, no such tax rises can pass. And since California’s proposition system is what made property tax rises impossible, and since a proposition to remove the limits is unlikely to pass, there is no solution.
Californians are going to have grow up. They can’t have low taxes and services. It is simply not possible.
- The constitution needs to be rewritten to allow budgets to pass on a majority vote
- The proposition system itself needs to be ended, and any proposition now in effect should be able to be nullified by the legislature, on a simple majority vote.
- Taxes need to be raised, both income taxes on the rich, and property taxes. If necessary put limits on tax raises for primary residences only for as long as they are owned by one owner, with a reset when they are sold or passed on, but otherwise, taxes can be raised.
- Grow up.
I feel very little sympathy for Californians as a group though I recognize that many Californians are individually blameless. This has been coming for decades, and whenever given a chance to make things worse, Californians have done so, as when they kicked out the last Democratic Governor and installed the Governator, a man who never saw a budget problem which couldn’t be solved by floating more bonds and cutting services to the poor.
You get what you pay for. For years, Californians thought they could have government services without paying for them.
As goes California, so goes the country. Americans as a group still think they can have things they won’t pay for, and that they can have lots of billionaires and widespread prosperity. Has never happened. Will never happen.