How did CA get into this mess?

Total Revenues and Transfers 2008-09
Total Revenues and Transfers 2008-09

Overlook the fact that it was published in The New Yorker. If you’ve ever wanted a “Why California-is-so-F%$#ed-Up for Beginners” look no further than The States We’re In.

It seems that this issue stopped getting any attention once the temporary budget was passed. It’s a shame, because this problem is going to keep cropping up. How do we fix it?

First we have to understand the nature of the problem and how we got here.

Our problem has a lot more to do with our legislative history than anything else. That, and the legacy of the influence of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

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