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Shocker: Courts Block CA’s Budget Cuts

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Superintendent Carlos Garcia (right), speaking at A.P. Giannini Middle School in San Francisco, announces the filing of a suit against the state requesting the education finance system be declared unconstitutional and that a new system be put in place.

Courts quash cuts, add to state’s budget woes

Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sacramento — Courts in recent years have crushed attempts by California to cut spending by billions of dollars and have forced the state to spend hundreds of millions more than planned.

Designated cuts to health and human services that were rejected by federal courts alone have resulted in $4.5 billion in lost savings over the past three years, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration.

Prison health care costs have doubled to more than $1.9 billion since 2006, when a federal judge ordered a federal receiver to take control of prison health services.

"The judicial branch is now a full player in the budget because the decisions they are making have an impact on what the governor and Legislature can or cannot do," said H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the Department of Finance. "The judiciary does not have to deal with the fiscal consequence of the rulings – they say you can’t do a spending reduction, but we have to come up with another $100 million in cuts somewhere else."

This year, the Republican governor is blaming the courts for some of the most controversial cuts contained in his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. He says judges’ mandates left him no option but to propose the wholesale elimination of programs, including welfare.

The governor is also seeking relief from the nation’s highest court. On May 13, Schwarzenegger announced that 22 states joined California to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review court decisions that blocked states from reducing public services. The states want a ruling barring suits by private parties against cuts to programs that are funded jointly by the state and federal government.

Among the court cases California lost this year is one in which federal judges blocked the planned reduction of Adult Day Health Care services, a Medi-Cal program that provides nearly 37,000 elderly and mentally infirm Californians with daytime care and supervision. Schwarzenegger wanted to reduce eligibility and limit the number of days the program is provided to save the state more than $35 million over three years.

Some of the groups that filed the lawsuits said they had no choice because elected officials failed to do their jobs or took actions that were blatantly illegal

Numerous court cases are still pending, including more than two dozen lawsuits challenging Schwarzenegger’s furloughs of more than 200,000 state workers. Those cases threaten to punch even bigger holes in the state budget in the future. In the furlough case, a judge has warned that the workers might be entitled to back pay

If judges won’t let legislatures and governors cut their budgets, isn’t that taxation without representation? Aren’t we living in a judicial dictatorship?

These are rhetorical questions, of course. We have been living in the clutches of black-robed mullahs for decades.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Shocker: Courts Block CA’s Budget Cuts”

  1. jrmcdonald says:

    The people must change their constitution. Like California Proposition 187, they need to take away this power from the court.

  2. proreason says:

    It’s a competition to see who can be the greater god.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This is the perfect example of what happens when they run out of other people’s money. Socialism doesn’t work….no matter where/when/why it’s tried. Sooner or later, you have this very type of event and it’s too late to say, “Gee, perhaps a smaller government with a bent toward more individual responsibility would be a better choice”.

    Nope, politicians want to continue to get elected and they think the way to do that is to give away the candy store. Then the very people in government vote themselves payraises and WOOSH….someone presses the flush handle and you have—California. Yeah, just about the coolest state ever….with all the whale humpers, tree-huggers, solar power worshippers….Ed Begley. Jr, this is your utopia. This is what your big dream comes down to. A broke government, massive layoffs, lots of very angry people and then the likes of you stand there and say, “What are they so angry about?”

    Cluelessness begets more cluelessness until eventually, you have rampant, wholesale, universal ignorance. Again, “Hellloooooo California!”

    Fiscal conservatism isn’t a “political position”; It’s responsible behavior to keep a government solvent so that the infrastructure can be paid for. Utilities, services…like the fire departments, the police and so on. But when you give money to the poor….places to live….free drug paraphernalia, condoms, etc etc…and then let the state-employee unions strongarm for more and bigger pay-raises…well….

    But, nobody can tell you liberals anything. You’re still the mentally unfinished beings you were in the 60’s. Never had to grow up. Never had real responsibilities or jobs. Pretty much figured out how to skate through it all and use other people’s money to do it.

    Well, now that money’s gone. And you’re going to have to adjust. But you won’t learn. Just like Greece, you’ll find someone else to blame…and you’re angry that they took away that which you felt you were entitled to.

    Well, guess what?

    When the company I work for was struggling, every work group that was unionized took HUGE pay cuts so we could keep our jobs. Better to be paid a lower wage than no wage at all. We made enormous concessions in our work rules, number of hours, holidays, etc etc. But we were glad to do it.

    Why is that so hard to understand? So it’s the big businesses/banks that are selfish and greedy?

    Look in the mirror. Hope you like what you see. Perish the thought of California teachers opting to take a PAY CUT in order to keep their jobs. Or maybe work a longer day….have less sick time…and maybe be required to actually come in during the summer.

    Or how about you other state employees who have guaranteed vacation days? Maternity leave, volumes of sick time, holidays and paid time off in various forms? Who do you think PAYS for that?

    And on and on.

    From the bottom of my soul it sickens me when publicly funded employees actually believe they are entitled to more than private sector employees. You are a drain on the economic machine. You take and give nothing back, save for your carefully margined duties in your cubicle farm. You clock in at exactly 8AM….one hour for lunch and then out at 5PM on the dot. Every state and federal holiday, you are off. Need to go to the doctor? Paid time off. Need a “me day?” because your day of answering the phone and filling out forms is so “stressful”? Call in sick…with pay.

    Well, my little rant is over. I would love to print it and paste it on every public employees locker/chair, etc.

    Bet the ones who are furloughed are now wondering where the gravy train went. And…I’ll bet they are largely populated by minorities.

    Small wonder.

    • Mithrandir says:

      This is why the battle is not worth fighting my friend. The best lesson is absolute suffering. Perhaps it is best to let the gov’t crumble under its own weight OR……..

      Conservatives should congregate into their own states (like Arizona), dominate all the elections, pass laws the reinstate freedom, lower taxes, regulate the unions, change the public school (kick out the liberal idiots to boot!), preserve the 2nd Amendment and all the other ones, and insulate themselves from the liberals bent on destroying themselves and everyone else.

      We should demonstrate AND live how we think it should be done.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    I never understood how ANYONE could get a lifetime appointment to anything. But, when you elect lawyers to Congress, they make the laws that benefit their profession.

    You can’t remove these people from the bench
    You can’t fire them (some states judges are elected or appointed)
    You can’t argue with them
    You can’t change the law to regulate them
    You have to STAND when they enter a room? WTF is that all about?! Do we still live under kings and queens?

    Even the daytime judge shows demonstrate how totally arrogant and demeaning they are to the common public person just trying to negotiate justice in their own country.

    Judges are a shameful bunch, and no one can control their fiefdoms, and it’s high time we did!

  5. Rick says:

    We allowed this problem to develop when the politicians would not fight back when judges usurped legislative power. The power to appropriate money belongs to the legislature, nt the judiciary. When we get ruling like this, we need to say “NO”. This is beyond the power of the judiciary. Of course, that is unlikely with this crop of politicians.

    • Mithrandir says:

      This is actually where SAUL ALINSKY comes in handy. We should march down to these activist judges’ home, stake out where they work, shop, socialize, and protest to the fullest extent of the law.

      Word gets around quickly, and other judges will not be so quick to copy abuse of the law.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Californacation……….now we see the woes of medical marijuana and who inhales.

  7. P. Aaron says:

    I thought commie lib types loved that living-breathing Constitution-type thing.

    Oh! Only once in a while

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