State policymakers are beginning to understand — or at least face the realities of — a fundamental reason for California’s job loss and now a 3-year $81 billion budget deficit. Basically we pass laws and move on to new ones and call it success. Texas on the other hand — a state that congregates its legislature in only odd years and requires a 2/3rds majority on every bill — created 70% of the new jobs in the United States in 2008 and has a $2 billion budget surplus this year.
I offer the following 3-week timeline of completely independent events and tidbits — a syllogism if you will — as a picture of evolving realizations of California’s problem, as well as some minimal-cost concepts that are gaining traction.
- » Treasurer Bill Lockyer testifies that two thirds of California bills shouldn’t see the light of day and begs the Legislature to recognize the severe degree of dysfunction as it pertains to California’s dire situation.