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What should be done with the Golden State and it's financial problems?by Michael Pickett on 03/20/11
Jerry Brown has again assumed the governors office in
Unemployment is at 20%. Crime and gang activity is on the rise as police budgets are cut. Healthcare providers are at an all time low with the fewest number of emergency rooms per million people in all 50 states. Hoards of illegal immigrants are pouring into the cities displacing citizens. Traffic is becoming increasingly worse and the state cannot keep up repairing the roads they already have. The state is facing a 19 billion dollar budget deficit this year, 6.2 billion of that is said to be owed to retirees for the states pension program. The state also holds the record for the most foreclosure filings for 2010 at
546, 669 and to make matters worse property values continue to plummet, with the average decline in value at 63%. Some 20% of the residents in Las Angles County are on some type of public aid. 1 out of 4 Californians under the age of 65 have no health insurance. In the 1970’s the state the most per student than any other state, today they are ranked 48th in that category. Crime is also out of control with crime in
The state is doing what they can to keep up as seen by the taxes residents pay. They have the highest sales tax of any state at 8.25% as well as the highest gasoline tax at 67c per gallon. Residents pay the third highest state income tax in the nation at 9 to 10 %. Governor Brown has proposed 12 billion in spending cuts and 12 billion in tax increases, yet to be approved by the state legislators who last year passed 725 new laws that many say are pointless or unneeded.
What should be done about the
Tell us what you think, what you see as the problem and your ideas on how to solve it. I will be waiting for your comment.
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