What sort of political and economic
environment are we in as it
relates to water and other
pressing issues in our Valley?
Today California faces a $15.2 Billion structural budget deficit (yes BILLIONS). You would think that with this amount of red ink flowing, with no end in sight, our elected politicians would kick into high gear and start pushing towards redline – Right? Well, sadly that is not, and has not been the case.
So what has been their plan of action? Recently, the Governor announced that 20,000 temporary and part-time state workers will be laid off – in light of the fact that on the same day the number of jobs announced as lost throughout the United States was at 58,000 in June alone
He also announced that all 200,000 full-time state employees will now be paid the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour. What political and economic reality is that based on as gasoline now costs over $4.00 a gallon? That means a state employee will be able to purchase a little over 1 gallon of gasoline for an hour’s work!
So what does the State Legislature’s Leadership both Democrat and Republican do? Emphatically, their response coincided with the Governor’s as it relates to “feeling the pain” economically and politically. They rushed down to a casino resort in the San Joaquin Valley to celebrate its grand opening, ostensibly on official State business, to witness the turning on the spigot of a new revenue stream to the State. The hope, according to the State Legislative Analyst, is that the state coffers will receive a pittance of the gaming profits.
So here we are, left boiling in the stew that our elected politicians have made, while they play. Is this self-inflicted crisis management? And, why aren’t they and their staff taking a reduction of salary to $6.55 per hour? Politically, we are now experiencing the worst outbreak of “valley fever” ever at the State Capitol. It has reached epidemic proportions and seems to have afflicted all our leadership here in California and our valley.
And, they want to tackle the water crisis here at home?