NEXT year’s state budget deficit could mushroom to $21 billion. The number is staggering; the consequences will be severe.
Thursday, in presenting his revised state budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must explain in simple, stark terms the magnitude of potential spending cuts. How many teachers will be laid off. How many children will lose health insurance. How many homebound elderly will lose their aides. How many state prisoners will be set free without supervision.
In a news conference in San Jose on Tuesday, Schwarzenegger failed to do this. Asked to translate the loss of the revenue into human terms, he answered that “the legacy of California” is in jeopardy.
That doesn’t begin to describe the impact on people’s lives.