“Send us exactly $1 trillion. Don’t ask questions.”
Gavin Newsom and the Western States Pact’s modest request in a five-paragraph
letter to Congress.
comes as California faces a $54 billion budget deficit, a number that would be
a lot smaller if the state didn’t spend so much to begin with. In January Gov.
Newsom proposed a $222 billion budget, which is $100 billion more spending than
just a decade ago.
If you feel like all this added money
hasn’t helped you much, you’re not alone:
–Despite $64 billion more in
Medi-Cal spending, researchers did “not detect significant improvements in
–Despite $39 billion more in
education spending, 8th-grade math and reading scores kept falling.
–Despite $7 billion more in social
services spending, California still has the nation’s highest poverty rate.
There is one area where spending
actually declined over the last decade: public health.
As part of any aid package, Congress
could follow the IMF model and require that California make reforms to root out
cronyism. For instance, appoint a qualified professional to lead our Economic
Recovery Commission instead of Tom Steyer, the partisan mega donor and vanity
There’s no doubt California needs help. But if federal aid serves only
to prop up special interests and perpetuate bad habits, we’d be better off