When you watch a California budget season, the best way to understand what you’re watching is as a game between three teams.
Those three teams represent the three major functions of the state: Educate, Medicate, and Incarcerate.
These days, this is really a two-team race, however. Because Team Incarcerate is in the penalty box, forced by the federal courts to reduce its number of players.
That leaves Team Educate and Team Medicate. And the contest is an interesting one.