Fixing California: Let’s hear from you
With the state embarking on yet another voyage into uncharted waters -- this one its worst budget crisis in living memory -- the thoughts and insights on fixing the state from Californians from all walks of life, across the political spectrum and all along the economic ladder have never been more important.
Here at The Times, we are creating a space to make this discussion happen.
We will seek out the views of eminent persons from here and across the country -- successful businesspeople, political leaders, college professors, experts in finance and governance -- but they certainly have no monopoly on achievement or wisdom. The state’s predicament is so great that its solution demands the broadest possible discussion.
Do we have a spending problem or a revenue problem? Are illegal immigrants part of the problem, the whole problem or part of the solution? Are the state’s civil servants overpaid or underappreciated? How do we balance the need to control spending with the need to invest in the future via public schools, Cal State University and the University of California? By preserving those institutions’ enviable stature while keeping them affordable for the next generation of leaders in business, government, engineering and culture?
These are only a few of the issues that must be debated today. We welcome your thoughts. Please post your comments below.
-- Michael Hiltzik
Here are recent articles about California's budget problems:
Wanted: Profiles in Courage (Jun. 1, 2009)
California's problem is spending? That's a myth (May 28, 2009)
A state trapped by fiscal inertia (May 24, 2009)
Schwarzenegger missed his golden opportunity to give Californians the truth (May 21, 2009)
Opinion: State of denial (March 3, 2009)