Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Governor Brown - the money is there !
Jerry Brown argued again today that severe budget cuts were necessary because the money for police, fire, teachers, etc. is not there. here.http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/01/jerry-brown-says-budget-on-tra.html
Governor Brown’s central argument that the money is not there is inaccurate. The money is there if the state is willing to collect the revenue. Here is a list of sources for at $26 billion dollars. http://choosingdemocracy.blogspot.com/2011/01/california-budget-crisis-sources-of.html
It is a major mistake to make deep, immediate budget cuts in the middle of recession. This will make the recession worse. Instead, we need to build the promise of California.That promise is a good job for all, the opportunity to have a rewarding career, and the chance for a life that is more than simply the workplace. The austerity paradigm underlying the tax and budget cut mania does not promote good jobs nor rewarding careers. It will make the recession worse.