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Skelton: Excessive spending isn't the problem in Sacramento

June 28, 2012 |  6:00 am

Steinberg Leno

SkeltonWith the state budget on everyone's minds in Sacramento, George Skelton is taking a look at a favorite mantra of conservatives: "We don’t have a revenue problem, folks, we have a spending problem."

Sure, Skelton says, the state still spends too much on some things, like incarcerating inmates on death row. And there are things the state can't afford, like former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to reduce the car tax.

But he argues in Thursday's column that the problem with state spending is overblown.

"It would be ludicrous to claim that spending is out of control in Sacramento," he writes. "During the dot-com boom, yes. Now, hardly."

You can find all of Skelton's columns here.


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