The L.A. Times‘s George Skelton:
The taxes should have been raised a year ago. Make that years. The bite would have been a lot smaller. Maybe just a nibble.
Ditto some of the spending cuts, although there were $11 billion in program whacks last year.
No, there were not. This is gross dishonesty. This is journalistic malpractice. . . . Repeat after me: A cut in projected wish list spending is not a cut in real-word, hard dollars. A cut in projected wish list spending is not a cut in real-word, hard dollars. . . . Skelton would fail first grade math, but he’s tasked by the state’s largest newspaper with explaining the state budget to us.
Spending went up $67 million last year. It was not “whacked” $11 billion. Check this out with the LAO if you don’t believe me.
Even by Skelton’s and the LAT’s standards, this is innumeracy on an excruciating scale.
But they do it every year. Without fail.