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Jon Coupal

NEGLECTED IN BUDGET DISCUSSION IS HOW WE SPEND, NOT JUST HOW MUCH

Jon Coupal is President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Gov. Brown’s opening general fund budget gambit of $122.6 billion – total spending including bond and special funds is $170.7 billion – sets a new record for state government spending. That the big increases are coming from the man many regard as one of the more sane of Sacramento’s top politicians does not bode well for taxpayers. After all, this is just a starting point. Now the real fun begins with those less well grounded in economic reality starting the annual ritual of “making it rain” for their favorite projects and special interest employers.

To the governor’s credit, he is paying attention to paying down debt and strengthening the state’s rainy day reserve, a wise move considering that state revenue is highly dependent on top earners and is thus very vulnerable to an economic contraction.

Still, leading Democratic lawmakers want more – a lot more. They are already complaining that that the budget does not spend enough on early childcare programs, grants to families on welfare, or provide more money for affordable housing.

To read the entire column click here http://www.hjta.org/california-commentary/neglected-in-budget-discussion-is-how-we-spend-not-just-how-much/