The Legislature always seems to make us rescue them when their spending problem is exposed by a decrease in state revenues. So I decided to where they could cut.
By comparing numbers from the proposed 2008 budget with the 2006 budget, it shows the cost of state operations has risen 20 percent (www.dof.ca.gov/budget). The cost of the executive branch has risen a staggering 89 percent and the Department of Education 20 percent during the same period.
The Legislature created this problem and they should feel the heat for fixing it. Demanding that they roll back the proposed 2008 budget to the 2006 levels, saving about $7.2 billion, would be a step in the right direction. They should keep it at that level until we tell them otherwise.
The Department of Education, whose leader stated "we don't have a spending problem," should be eliminated, saving about $10 billion a year and significantly enriching the education of our children by lessening the mindless paperwork dumped on our schools.
Fixing some of the many things California does that defy common sense and cost us dearly would be good for the budget. Using only the English language and making the death penalty work or eliminating it are two such things.
The Legislature has not exercised fiscal responsibility and, like the Department of Education, often focuses more on self-serving issues than what's good for California. They should be laid off first and then we'll talk about teacher, fire and police jobs.