The State of California faces a $28-billion funding deficit over the next 18 months, and education costs consume 40% of the state’s budget. That means that cuts to education are coming. Big cuts. Here’s the Los Angeles Times today:
Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who referred to himself as the Grinch, grew visibly frustrated by some of the comments about increasing funding on programs such as online education, given the gravity of the state’s financial hole. “Anyone who thinks we get by that without everyone getting hit probably should live in Mendocino County,” he said. “There are going to be cuts. So far, I’ve heard good ideas about how to spend more money. Great. It ain’t there. It’s time to make cuts, I believe deep cuts,” Lockyer said. “I’d do 25% across the board. Those who wanted less government, you’re going to get your wish. In other communities that are willing to put something on the ballot to make up that difference, they’re going to have a higher service level.” Educators appeared shaken by Lockyer’s remarks. “There is no more meat on this bone to carve, the only thing left is amputation,” said David Sanchez, president of the California Teachers Assn.
And if you’re wondering just how important it is for California to get its budget act together, see here.