Tom McClintock writes about the runaway government spending in California -
To provide that high level of public services 40 years ago, California state government spent $200 for every man, woman and child in the state -- or $1,240 in today's inflation-adjusted terms. Today, California government consumes $3,200 for every person in the state -- 2 times more in population-adjusted, inflation-adjusted terms.
Put another way, this year state government will spend $9.38 out of every $100 that you earn. That's the biggest chunk out of your earnings in California's history.
Californians pay the fourth-heaviest taxes per gallon of gasoline in the country -- and yet California ranks dead last in per-capita spending on its roads. Californians back every classroom with nearly $300,000, and yet only a fraction of the money reaches the actual classroom. Californians pay among the highest sales and income-tax rates in the country, and yet California's credit rating is the lowest in the nation.
He goes on in the article to state solutions to the budget problem -
To do so, we must decentralize our service delivery systems -- starting by restoring control of our schools to parents and school boards and restoring their management to principals and teachers. Highway taxes must again be earmarked exclusively for our highways. We must roll back the excessive regulations that obstruct our commerce, our housing, our energy and our water supplies. We must dramatically downsize the state's bureaucracies by eliminating overlapping jurisdictions and by abolishing agencies that duplicate local or federal functions.
There's only one thing missing; the rampant illegal immigration that is driving this mess. Why are we spending so much money on schools? To educate the children of 3-5 million illegal aliens. Why are the freeways crowded? Housing prices through the roof? 3-5 million illegal aliens. Why are the county hospitals closing? You got it. We will not be able to call California the Golden State again until the politicians come to grips with the elephant in the tent. And if a good man like Tom McClintock won't talk about it, who will?