California Budget Myths
Original post made by stephen levy, University South, on Jul 8, 2010
However, some of the allegations about budget numbers are so far off base I thought I would make up a short quiz for any interested readers.
Question 1--Is California Like Greece
Greece's current budget deficit is 9.9% of their GDP. In the U.S. the current budget deficit is 9.4% of GDP. For California the budget deficit (around $18 billion) is what percent of our economy
Question 2--Does CA have too many state employees
The U.S. average for state employees per 10,000 residents is 143. Texas has 119 employees per 10,000 residents. California has
Question 3--Is State Budget Spending Out of Control
In 1994 at the end of the long recession California allocated 5.7% of residents' personal income to General Fund spending. At the height of the dot.com boom the share was 7.0% and in 2007 the share was 6.6%. In the Governor's proposed 2010-2011 budget the proposed spending as a share of 2010 income is
The answers are "a" in each case. If you want to read the details you can read them below.
[Web Link Budget Myth 1]
[Web Link Budget Myth 2]
[Web Link Budget Myth 3]