What will people in the United States do differently if they know that they will not have a job for five years no matter what they do to get one?
The news stations and the labor department is spending time and money telling the American people how to fix up their resumes, in the same old paths of thinking. Unfortunately, it doesn’t even make an approach to the current problems in the situations people face.
The fact is, no resume is going to stand out in the 20,000+ that were handed in to a company in the same three days. No matter how experience is conveyed on that resume – no decision-maker is going to see it unless it is printed on pink paper with flowers all over it. And, then they wouldn’t hire the person anyway because of the lack of professionalism conveyed, although the company hiring would definitely see it from among the thousands or hundreds of thousands.
So, ask people who haven’t found jobs for the last two years after being fired or laid off two and a half years ago. Are the people unemployed today or who have lost their jobs this week, or last week or last fall going to have found a job six months from now, or two years from now or five years from now regardless of what they do to find one? My guess is that they won’t. Trying to find employment is a very expensive proposition which eats up money as every attempt is made.
The question most reasonably posed is this – what would people across the United States do if they were genuinely aware that they will not have any job with any employer for every day of the next five years? What are the innovative solutions they would create instead, before tearing through all the savings they have trying to find another job with 50 million other people looking at the same time? What businesses would they create if they knew there would be no employer to pay them for their time while bills for living continued to pile up?
Obviously, bankers are only lending to the same elite little group they’ve been spending money to support – which isn’t any one of the rest of us. Consequently, it is unlikely that there are funds from banks to start a new business. Local governments have hijacked small business administration loan moneys and grants for business start-ups and therefore, they won’t be of any help either. These government sources have spent a lot of money to tell all of us how to start a business – they just don’t fund any start-ups with the money – they are too busy using the money to employ themselves at our expense. However, it is possible to realistically accept that employment won’t be available for a long period of time and manage some other ways to employ one’s self.
“One of the business ideas that I would create, would be” – what? And, now that people have time on their hands, necessity and desire, upon acceptance of the reality facing us, what would they create from it – what profitable problem-solving would they apply their talents to tackle, what businesses would they invent? But, it can’t happen as long as Americans believe that to simply re-work their resume and beat the pavement, holding on for things to get better – will yield solutions of employment and opportunity for them. Everything in their lives can go slap to hell in the amount of time it will take for everything to get better and that is if it ever does in the structural system failure within our economy that we have now.
In all seriousness, what would people across the United States do if they were genuinely aware that they will not have any job with any employer for every day of the next five years? That is the real question that requires solutions immediately.
Our companies are top-heavy. They will have to cut dividends, number of top management and salaries to their top management or they will fall under their own weight. It is only a matter of time.
When CNN I-Reports this morning reported about the Silver State executive that approved a $24 million dollar loan based on an undeveloped strip of dirt in Nevada and actively participated in the poor decisions that bankrupted that bank, I was appalled to hear that he is now teaching finance in Alabama or anywhere.
Now, not only did this banker receive tons of money from the bank that he helped to bankrupt and whatever golden parachute they provided, he is teaching finance as if he has successful knowledge of the subject rather than how to effectively drive a bank into failure.
At what point does it become evident that those who decimated these companies and banks across America and state budgets and investment houses and hedge funds and government agencies and local governments are all being treated like royalty, given tons of moneys that they didn’t earn and destroying the lives of every person that did do their jobs by layoffs and reduced employment earnings for the majority doing the work of the company?
Every company traded on the stock markets is trying to protect their stock prices, dividends and executive compensations at the expense of the continuation of their companies. They are top-heavy. What happens to a structure that serves only the needs at the top, only keeps those who have made bad decisions, only funds the compensations for a few and provides nothing for the real support of the company?
Yesterday, there was a news story about a home depot executive projecting the creation of smaller stores and in my mind, after they announced huge layoffs and this change to their business model – I thought that in a very basic sense, no one could run that company worse than the people doing it.
We have lobbyists making tons of money, bankers and executives making a ton of money, legislators and professions working for state, local and Federal government agencies making a ton of money, businesses like profit-making hospitals and profit-making industries using our government as a private bank of moneys and services.
In the meantime, over the past eight years every program to help the poor, the disadvantaged, the disabled, the elderly, crime prevention, small business, community-based organizations, and social safety nets and supports of all kinds have been stripped of adequate funding.
God help you if you need food for your family in America. Good luck starting your own business, employing yourself or making any money – because as they remove and reduce taxes for big corporations, offer development funding for them and subsidize their operations, in America they don’t do that for anyone else.
These high-powered bankers, businesses, lobbyists and politicians have left us an America of desolation, poverty, despair and failed policies and yet still their greed wants more. The car companies last fall received moneys specifically for the development of fuel efficient vehicles and now cry that demands are being made upon them to do that. Who are these people in these companies deciding this is an unacceptable request from them? They have already spent money on the research and development of these technologies, already know how to do it, already sell fuel-efficient cars in Europe made by them, already took money to re-tool and set up factories for it to the tune of $50 billion dollars.
And, the rich, the corporations, the Republican policy makers, the wealthy investors and hedge fund brokerages want more taxes on the poor and middle class, more taxes on every item and on every movement of our own money we have made and more taxes on it when we make it. But, for them, they want less taxes, fewer taxes, more tax exemptions, lower fees for services they use our government to do for them and fewer uses of government moneys and services to serve any of the rest of us.
They are the ones who think they are entitled to live better than the rest of us, have greater opportunities than us, have better education available to them and their children than to any of us and to live as greedily and as grandly as any sixteenth century king of Europe. And they want to continue to do so from our backs, from our efforts, and from our minds, time and talents while holding us under their foot.
The rich, the bankers, the wealthy investors, the hedge fund managers, the high-paid professionals and corporate executives will never be satisfied, their greed never satiated. How could any CEO need another $107 million dollars to live on beyond the millions they’ve already been given? How many more personal aircraft, yachts, fleets of expensive cars, country club memberships, houses, vacations homes, and $6,000 chairs could they possibly need?
Their decision-making skills have driven their companies into the ground and still they are paid, bonuses and “retention bonuses” given, benefits protected and retirement funds increase. And, that after literally stealing the pension funds from millions of loyal and decent employees who did their jobs. And, that after literally putting thousands of people who did their jobs into the unemployment lines. And, that after literally destroying the value of the companies whose helm they took and ran it aground.
Still we hear the demand for their taxes to be cut, for the dividends of their now worthless companies to be kept high, and for their insistence that tax money paid by the American people cover their gambling behavior with no consequences for them. If we no longer had any of them, we would not have lost anything except a truly excessive grandiose “entitlement” program for the arrogant elite class in America.
– the Republican party continues with the same old song, same old shit – different day. I would love to know when they are going to realize that things are different today than five years ago.
I would also love to know who is actually making decisions for them. Is it the US Chamber of Commerce who is filled with bankers and bank representatives? Is it the Heritage Foundation or some other institution like that? Is it Harvard economic professors or Goldman Sachs executives?
How is it possible that the only thing we hear from the Republican party regardless of the situation is the same package of cut capital gains taxes, cut corporate taxes, change mark to market accounting back to fantasy accounting?
Where are there any real solutions coming out of the Republican party? Why can’t they figure out that the economic policies of Galbraith and Keynes are not made for the situation where we find ourselves now? And, why is their policy making not in line with the current reality? Who is deciding for them?
Why don’t we, as the American people subjected to their insistence on accommodating the rich at the expense of us all, not have the opportunity to question and see those that are actually behind the scenes making the policy choices for them?
The Republicans are obviously stonewalling the process and refusing to work with Democratic leaders. They are evidently continuing the same old political games playing and political strategies as always. Do these wealthy people not understand what is going to happen doing it that way? Have they not destroyed enough of America yet?
When I found this category in the state budget, I was amazed at the stuff buried here which is seriously underfunded and seems inappropriately served by this agency considering how important these are to people’s lives – but here they are:
Small business advocacy is in here – small business development svcs? That’s it for the entire state?
Gang and youth violence prevention programs are buried in here, having been shifted from elsewhere. And other things . . .
When I looked at the budget available for this entire agency and all the responsibilities buried in it – I was grossly disgusted –
And then compared to the retirement funding for judges?
0650 Office of Planning & Research
The Office of Planning and Research (OPR) assists the Governor and the Administration in planning, research, policy development, legislative analysis, and acts as a liaison with local government. The Office oversees programs for gang and youth violence prevention, small business advocacy, environmental justice, military affairs, eminent domain, and preservation of Indian sacred sites. In addition, the Office has responsibilities pertaining to state planning, the California Environmental Quality Act, joint land use planning with the military, permit assistance and environmental and federal project review procedures. The California Volunteers is charged with administering the federal AmeriCorps and Citizen Corps programs, coordinating volunteer activity related to disaster response, and increasing the number of Californians volunteering in the state.
11 State Planning and Policy Development 66.8
which includes – Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy-The Budget includes $1.2 million General Fund and 9.0 positions for support of the Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, which is being transferred from the California Emergency Management Agency to the Office of Planning and Research. The Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy is responsible for identifying, evaluating, and funding state, local, and federal gang and youth violence suppression, intervention, and prevention programs and strategies.
** and all the stuff above **
** my note – these are probably the people that are actually doing the work in the state govt. **
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0650 Office of Planning & Research
0390 Judges’ Retirement System Contributions
The Judges’ Retirement System provides retirement benefit funding for California’s Supreme and Appellate Court Judges, as well as Superior and Municipal Court Judges.
The Judges’ Retirement System provides retirement, disability and death benefits based on age, years of service, compensation of active judges, and eligibility as determined by specific sections of the Judges’ Retirement Law. The Judges’ Retirement System receives contributions equal to eight percent of salary from both active judges and the state. Additional contributions come from filing fees for specific civil cases, and investment income. These contributions, however, are not sufficient to fully fund benefit payments. Consequently, current law requires the state to fund the difference between existing contribution resources and the required benefit payments to retired judges.
A second retirement system for judges was established in 1994. All new judges elected or appointed on or after November 9, 1994, become members of Judges’ Retirement System II. The Judges’ Retirement System II receives contributions from judges equal to 8 percent of their salary as well as investment income. The state’s contributions are adjusted annually to maintain actuarial soundness of the fund. Judges’ Retirement System II members that are eligible for a service retirement also have the option of choosing the monetary credit plan (a lump-sum return of contributions and interest earned) or the defined benefit plan.
Total Dollars $427,808 (In thousands) 2009-2010
The other thing is that – are those legislators in California making $150,000 a year and given session per diems and every other expense covered – and given how many on their staff at how much a year? Are they kidding?
– cricketdiane, 01-27-09
** my note – I also found that:
0160 Legislative Counsel Bureau
The Legislative Counsel Bureau provides legal assistance to the two houses of the Legislature, their members and its committees by resolving a large volume of complex legal problems arising in connection with the legislative process. The legal services furnished include rendering opinions, drafting bills, counseling, attendance as counsel at meetings of legislative committees, and representing the Legislature in litigation. The attorney-client relationship is maintained and all work is confidential.
In addition, the Bureau prepares and provides necessary indices and appropriate tables necessary to identify legislative measures and compiles and indexes statutes and codes.
The Bureau operates the Legislative Data Center, which provides information technology services in support of the legislative information system and the processing of legislative measures.
Totals, Positions and Expenditures (excluding Infrastructure) 632
$88,567 (In thousands) 2009-2010
** My note – so this is additional staff to the legislature at 88.5 million dollars.
I say the Republicans lied to us about their principles because –
If you value human life, you don’t wait and visit them after their legs are blown off – you don’t put them in a place to get their body parts blown off in the first place.
If you value human life and American principles, you don’t push masses of the population over the brink of poverty and despair while promoting a few to prosper.
If you value human life, you don’t leave their neighborhoods and communities desolate and abandoned because no one can afford to live in any of the safe decent housing available.
If you value human life, you don’t allow businesses to abuse employees and subject them to dangerous and toxic environmental conditions simply to profit the business – you do all that you can to protect employees so they can reasonably work and live full healthy, happy lives during and after working there.
If you value human life and American principles, you don’t deplete all the resources for them to start their own small businesses, you don’t hinder their progress and opportunity with fees and ridiculously difficult regulations nor tax them into bankruptcy. You do make every opportunity available for them to succeed and make every resource possible to encourage them, support their growth and open markets to them.
If you value human life and America, you don’t allow automakers, oil companies or any company or industry to profit at the expense of every national asset and natural resource that belongs to the American people. Nor do you accept these businesses polluting every natural resource used by all, and causing illness, death and misery.
If you value human life, you don’t leave people to die on the streets of their city in filth and heat and toxic waste for days on end while you dick around Washington with your buddies to get your favorite nominated for anything, regardless of what you think about what is important.
If you value human life and America as a nation, you damn sure don’t rig numbers that analysts and decision-makers depend upon for decisions and strategies that make a difference in people’s lives and opportunities. And, you also damn sure don’t pressure those who have conscientiously collected and analyzed those numbers to change them, “frame them to sound better”, or to altogether ignore what they know to pretend things are the way you think they are.
If you value human life and America, you don’t turn her cities into wastelands of poverty, crime and the nightmares of human slavery.
Amen. And, all God’s people said – Amen, because that’s the truth.
And, that is not all, either. Among other things . . .
There are no words to adequately describe the horrors of living in America under the reign of a government that couldn’t reach down to tie its own shoe without somebody else doing it for them, who couldn’t decide to get anything right because they compromised and traded off instead of constructing “all-win” solutions and that managed to spend $10 trillion dollars while screwing up everything they touched.
And, no I don’t need anyone on the news or in the business of analyzing the current economic situation to know that our economy has gone to hell – anybody actually living in America rather than on the ski slopes somewhere can tell that. Why the jackasses in Washington and Wall Street and their elite little group of banking friends can’t tell that and couldn’t notice it long before last February is a problem for the historic record to determine. I can say that it isn’t because even one among them valued human life, American principles and the United States of America,
Comment on Republicans created bank bailout for $700 billion dollars and now talk about deficit spending? by Jonathan
The Republicans are saying they want to see Pres. Obama plans, which includes accountability, infrastructure repairs (which will create jobs), help for the common home owners, fail. They call it socialism. But, they rushed through the bailout of Wall Streets and banks and they cannot account for the money. The common American Tax payers got nothing but a fat bill from the Republican’s bailout.
Is the Republican party anti-Joe Plumber? For years they have supported policies and laws that have weaken the ability for the common workers to thrive. Nothing for America’s infrastructure, nothing for job security, but give to the big corporations, turn wars into profit enterprises, and blame it all on the Democrats.
My Response –
Yeah, I’ve noticed that too. I’m starting to wonder whose side the Republicans are serving. It isn’t in their best interest to decimate our population because we will no longer be supporting the purchase of products and moving moneys which makes money for them, for their friends and for their business interests.
However, in every state and across previous administration policies promoted and applied by the Republicans, as well as in local, county and city governments where they have been in power, the common denominator is found in the results we can all see. Houses and neighborhoods stand depreciated and denuded of American life, American families and community. Results of their efforts are also found in the failing businesses of all sizes with commercial and retail properties standing empty and unused. Layoffs are massive and most are permanent with unemployment in many counties around the country well into the double digits no matter how they count it.
We are taxed at every turn and for every thing we need, for every resource we must have and on every dime we earn or make through our decent and intelligent efforts. And, for those taxes, services to every concern of the public conscience is cut, stripped bare, delayed, underfunded, or altogether abandoned. Many states have shovel ready projects because they haven’t been funding them in order to have the funds to suit other purposes which in many cases, none of us would have agreed to fund whether repaving the road to their own house while leaving others in disrepair or refusing to fund winterizing programs so they could re-sod their favorite golf course at public expense.
There is clear evidence that socialism meant nothing to the Republicans when their friends in the banking and investment banking industries wanted money. When AIG – a profit-making publicly traded company had made trillions of dollars in bad decisions, I didn’t hear one Republican party opinion maker, leader or member say anything about how handing them billions of dollars and taking over their board was socialism in application.
It seems to me that the Republican party lied to me about their principles and the reason I say so, is because I can see the footprints of their principles and policies in action and by the results of their efforts. In all honesty, they might reconsider their belief that image, perception and “confidence” are the only things that matter in America and in the World. They are obviously wrong. Sooner or later, the facts do become evident and here we are.
P.S. and I think we need to take Boehner around to the IRS and get him a special waiver so he never has to pay taxes again so we can see if his plan will work or not to stimulate his personal economy. In the time the Republican party’s insistence on applying what he keeps on demanding has been wasted, how many things could we have all gotten done?
Their plan didn’t result in anything besides what we’ve got now – why would we lower the taxes of the rich and corporations and let them use fantasy-based “off-balance” sheet accounting ever again?
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If bankers, businesses, corporations and wealthy investment houses, brokers, investors and hedge funds had been required to use cash, assets, securitization of debt, collateral to debt obligations and credit by the rules the rest of us have endured, they wouldn’t be in this mess, now would they?
General Fund Revenues and Transfers
(Dollars in Millions)
How is it possible for the corporation tax to range near $10.5 billion with the number of profitable corporations in California? Especially when personal income tax revenues ($47.9 billion dollars) and insurance tax revenues ( nearly $1.8 billion dollars) and sales tax revenues (nearly $33.8 billion dollars) are so much higher than that amount? How is that possible?
With enough sales tax for almost $33.8 billion dollars, there is no way that the corporate tax could be less than one third of that amount. What is there sales tax rate? Until recently, wasn’t it around 7%? So corporations pay less than 7% on gross sales? How is that possible?
General Special From
Fund Funds Total 2008-09
Personal Income Tax $47,942 $887 $48,829 $1,041
Total $97,708 $30,667 $128,375 $13,241
General Fund Revenue Total (in millions) – $97,708
Special Funds Revenue Total (in millions) – $30,667
Total Revenue Sources (in millions) – $128,375
Change from 2008-2009 – + $ 13,241
– my note –
for $128 billion dollars, the state of California could be employing every last person in the state with every one of them making a good living. Are they kidding?
By Howard Fine
Fine is a staff writer with the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Beyond the recession, there’s another worry for many California businesses: a proposal from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to extend the state sales tax to several sectors of the service industry.
The plan also calls for a 10% oil extraction tax and a “nickel-per-drink” increase in the alcohol excise tax. And it would raise the statewide base sales tax by 30% to 6.5 cents per dollar from 5 cents per dollar for the next three years.
In Orange County, the sales tax would go from 7.75% to 9.25%.
“Expanding taxes to cherry-picked services is putting businesses in a frightening position,” said John Kabateck, executive director of the California chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, a small-business trade group.
[. . .]
The golf industry has formed an alliance to fight the governor’s plan to tax green fees, golf club dues and related services. Auto body shops have begun faxing letters to the governor and have planned a statewide meeting for early next month to plot further strategy. And the oil industry is marshalling its forces to defeat a proposed 10% tax on oil extracted from California.
The plan would extend the sales tax to seven industry segments: auto repair shops, furniture and appliance repair services, amusement parks, sporting events and golf courses and veterinary services.
In auto repair shops, the state already taxes the sale of parts. Under the latest proposal, labor also would be taxed.
To offset the negative impact all these tax increases would have on business, Schwarzenegger has proposed easing a number of state laws and regulations on business to help stimulate job creation and boost the state’s economy.
These include the repeal of the daily overtime pay requirement, more flexibility on providing meal and rest periods for workers and easing of environmental regulations on some major public works projects.
** my note – there you go, take employees that are trying to make a living, work them part-time to not pay any benefits to them and then, overwork them without paying overtime, don’t offer any rest or opportunity to nourish themselves and blow carbon monoxide and other nauseating noxious fumes down their throats. What year is this, 1810? Is it really necessary to send every reasonable employment consideration to hell after all the hard-won fights to have them?
If an employer can’t offer those things listed above or won’t, they don’t need to be an employer and are likely insolvent anyway. Let them work the place themselves and pay themselves minimum wage without lunch or overtime and breath acetone and sulfur dioxides without any recourse. It would serve them right.
[continuation of article above . . .]
All of these so-called stimulus measures have long been sought by business groups, which is one reason why some business leaders have not been particularly vocal in opposing the tax proposals.
Under the budget plan put forward on New Year’s Eve by Schwarzenegger, the extension of the sales tax to appliance and furniture repair shops, vehicle repair and veterinarian services would take effect just weeks from now on March 1. Amusement parks, sporting events and golf courses would get hit on April 1.
About two-thirds of the total revenue from extending the sales tax to services would come from the auto repair industry, which only now is beginning to mobilize against the proposal.
The Sacramento-based California Autobody Association has been sending protest letters to Schwarzenegger’s office and is planning to send letters to legislators in the next several days. Labor typically is about 60% of a repair bill.
“It’s plain flat-out not good for our business,” said Chip Fabrizio, director of Cormier Collision Center in Long Beach and president of the South Coast chapter of the Autobody Association. “Our business is already down about 35% from year-ago levels. If people already are holding back on getting repairs, adding this tax will only make this worse.”
Environmental Protection 81 83 79
General Fund Expenditures by Agency
(Dollars in Millions)
** my note –
Why would the state of California spend this much money for environmental protection and then allow businesses to ignore and be absolved of every regulation for the protection of employees and environment from the activities of those businesses and their subcontractors?
** also **
from the Calif State budget for 2009-2010
found in this section – Legislative, Judicial, and Executive
Elimination of Cesar Chavez Day Grant Program — A decrease of $1.5 million in
2008.09 and $2.5 million in 2009.10 for the Office of Planning and Research related
to the elimination of the Cesar Chavez Day grant program.
Eliminate Public Safety Grants — A decrease of $23.9 million in 2008.09 and
$57.4 million in 2009.10 for California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA)
related to the elimination of local public safety grant funding. Included in this
reduction is funding for Vertical Prosecution Block Grants, Rural Crime Prevention,
California Multi.jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Teams, the High
Technology Theft Apprehension Program, Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement
Teams, and various other public safety programs.
Flavored Malt Beverage Taxation — An increase of $1.3 million to collect revenues
resulting from BOE regulations that require flavored malt beverages to be taxed at
the distilled liquor rate of $3.30 per gallon, as opposed to the beer rate of 20 cents
per gallon. BOE estimates the regulations will generate $38.3 million in General Fund
revenue in 2009.10.
** my note **
another addition of tax collection efforts – add it to the list.
Chief Information Officer Education Data System Strategic Plan — An increase of
$2 million General Fund and one position to develop a strategic plan for education
data systems by September 1, 2009, as required by Chapter 8, Statutes of 2008,
which would provide an overall structural design to link education data systems.
Chief Information Officer Workload — An increase of $3.7 million General Fund and
$2.7 million other funds to fund 28 positions to provide sufficient resources to carry
out the duties of the Chief Information Officer to provide information technology
strategic vision and planning, enterprise.wide standards, information technology
policy, and project approval and oversight.
** my note –
this would be great except for the fact that information infrastructure is already in place throughout multiple areas of the California budget. Are they trying to hire every tech head and lawyer in the state?
How many cross-system data base re-workings does this state need at this point, all things considered? Here is one in the State and Consumer Services division –
1955 Department of Technology Services 809.4 (positions)
– $ 239,751 (expenditures in thousands) 2009-2010
California Budget Historical Documents, 2009-10
The Budget for the current Budget Year (July 1 – June 30) is also available on the California Budget Web Site. For Budget-related information and resources for state agencies and budget analysts, see the Budgeting section of this site.
Department of Finance
915 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Workers’ Compensation Benefits for State Agencies
TOTAL WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COST $480,625,000 (in thousands)
** my note – isn’t that 480.6 billion dollars for workers’ comp for state agency employees? That sure seems like a lot – are they all disabled?
8660 Public Utilities Commission – Continued
10 REGULATION OF UTILITIES
10.10 Regulation of Rates
State Operations: $644,998
Totals, State Operations $447,497 (07-08), $568,505 (08-09), $703,550 (09 -10) (In thousands)
** note – why does it cost this much for regulation of utility rates while people in California pay some of the highest electric, natural gas and water bills in the nation? And aren’t they paid to quasi-private companies or not? Are the costs public and the profits gifted to private companies?
Bond Interest and Redemption $3,560,018 $4,109,379 $4,911,851 (09-10)
General Obligation Bond Expenditures
9600 Debt Service General Obligation Bonds and Commercial Paper
** my note – doesn’t this mean the state of California is paying out almost $5 billion dollars a year in interest for bonds and commercial paper (loans) they’ve been taking out to cover stuff they shouldn’t have been trying to afford because they didn’t have the money for it?
** But they did cut spending –
4300 Department of Developmental Services
The Department of Developmental Services is responsible under the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act for ensuring that persons with developmental disabilities receive the services and supports they need to lead more independent and productive lives and to make choices and decisions about their lives. More…..
MAJOR PROGRAM CHANGES Back to Top
* A decrease of $334 million in 2009-10 in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Regional Centers. The DDS Regional Centers continue to experience significant expenditure growth. Due to the state’s fiscal situation, the DDS will work closely with the regional centers to manage program expenditures while meeting consumer service needs within the existing 2008-09 appropriation authority. For 2009-10, the DDS estimates there will be caseload and expenditure growth. However, due to fiscal constraints, the budget contains no funding increases associated with caseload, cost or service utilization growth and establishes a savings target of $334 million to mitigate the growth in the program. The DDS will work with stakeholders over the next few months to develop proposals to achieve the targeted savings while maintaining the entitlement and ensuring program and service integrity.
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40 – COMMUNITY SERVICES
The Community Services Block Grant Program is designed to provide a range of services to assist low-income people in attaining the skills, knowledge, and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. The program also provides low-income people with immediate life necessities such as food, shelter, and health care. In addition, services are provided to local communities for the revitalization of low-income communities, the reduction of poverty, and to help provider agencies to build capacity and develop linkages to other service providers.
40 Community Services 32.7
$65,478 (in thousands) 2009 – 2010
4700 Dept of Community Services & Development
20 – ENERGY PROGRAMS
The objective of the Energy Programs is to assist low-income households in meeting their immediate and long-term home energy needs through financial assistance, energy conservation, and weatherization services.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to eligible households to offset the costs of heating and/or cooling dwellings, payments for weather-related or energy-related emergencies, and free weatherization services to improve the energy efficiency of homes. This program includes a leveraging incentive program in which supplementary LIHEAP funds can be obtained by LIHEAP grantees if non-federal leveraged home energy resources are used along with LIHEAP weatherization related services.
The Federal Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program provides weatherization related services, while safeguarding the health and safety of the household.
The Lead Hazard Control Program provides for the abatement of lead paint in low-income privately owned housing with young children.
20 Energy Programs 43.6
$101,640 (101 million dollars for the entire state of Calif? – that’s obscene) 09-10
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30 – INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES
The Department funds, administers and supports 29 non-profit independent living centers in communities located throughout California. Each independent living center provides services necessary to assist consumers to live independently and be productive in their communities. Core services consist of information and referral, peer counseling, benefits advocacy, independent living skills development, housing assistance, personal assistance services, and personal and systems change advocacy.
The Department also serves blind and deaf-blind persons through counselor-teacher services, purchase of reader services, and community-based projects to serve the elderly blind.
30 Independent Living Services 7.5
$19,043 (In thousands) 09-10
** my note –
The legislators didn’t mind spending far more than that on building marinas and yachting facilities. So, it isn’t what moneys are available – it is a matter of what the decision-makers find to support their own lifestyles on the backs of the taxpayers.
10 – INVESTMENT SERVICES
The Investment Division is responsible for investment of state monies from the date of receipt through the date of redemption. During the 2007-08 fiscal year, this Division handled 12,177 security investment transactions totaling $445.8 billion. The Pooled Money Investment Board program accounted for 7,972 of these transactions totaling $382.7 billion; time deposits accounted for 2,556 transactions totaling $58.8 billion. The remaining $4.3 billion is invested on behalf of the state’s special funds, such as those associated with the California Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Fish and Game, the state’s retirement system, etc. The Division also administers the Local Agency Investment Fund (LAIF), a voluntary investment program created to offer California local agencies greater access to the financial markets through the Pooled Money Investment Board program. In the 2007-08 fiscal year, 2,689 local agencies participated in LAIF, with deposits averaging $21.8 billion for the fiscal year.
Found here –
Legislative, Judicial, and Executive
0950 State Treasurer
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35 – SECURITIES MANAGEMENT
The Securities Management Division consists of the Securities Clearance Section and the Debt and Data Management Section.
The Securities Clearance Section is responsible for the clearance, settlement, income collection, and accountability of all securities: (1)purchased or sold for investment by the State Treasurer, (2) pledged to the State Treasurer to secure the performance of an act or duty, and (3) held as collateral for the Treasurer’s Time and Demand Deposit Programs. Securities are held in outside depositories as well as the State Vault.
The Debt and Data Management Section is responsible for monitoring and managing the State’s fiscal agent accounts; debt service payments on Book-Entry bonds to the Trust Depository and certificated bonds to the Fiscal Agent bank; as well as the payments for Revenue Anticipation Notes (RANs) and Warrants (RAWs). The Section performs accountability and reconciliation on Debt Service Reporting, Un-presented Accountability and Cash Accountability. In addition, the Section is responsible for safekeeping personal property and other items in the State Vault at the request of State Agencies; providing custody and protection of securities inside the Vault; and providing Vault tours for students, dignitaries and legislators.
30 – PUBLIC FINANCE
The Public Finance Division is responsible for selling all State of California general obligation bonds, revenue anticipation notes, commercial paper notes, revenue bonds, and any other indebtedness including securitization of assets. The Division also provides trust services for most state bonds. Interim financing from the Pooled Money Investment Account is also arranged to meet the immediate cash needs of the various bond programs. Interest costs are minimized through a planned bond-marketing program. This program includes disseminating information to bondholders through the Investor Relations Program.
The Division also assures compliance with federal tax laws applicable to state debt by investing and reinvesting bond sale proceeds as needed to meet federal yield restriction requirements, tracking expenditures, and computing and rebating arbitrage profit or other payments to the federal government.
0 Investment Services 17.1
20 Cash Management 49.7
30 Public Finance 53.2
35 Securities Management 27.2
50.01 Administration and Information Services 90.1
50.02 Distributed Administration 0
Totals, Positions and Expenditures (excluding Infrastructure) 237.3
Infrastructure Expenditures –
Totals, Positions and All Expenditures 237.3
** my note –
These are not the only places where this function is listed – where its activities apply to other agencies, there are commissions, boards and departments also funded to do these same things. Listed on many of them are the same board members, although the boards are listed and their funding listed independently. I would wonder to what extent they are paid to sit on each of the different functioning boards, agencies and commissions.
It looks like certain professions can make plenty of money with the State government that is too broke to pay attention or serve schools or make good on their debts, among other things without robbing the population of every last cent they will ever have.
60 – ADMINISTRATION AND DISBURSEMENTS
The Executive Office and the Administration and Disbursements Division provide executive direction and support services to programs in the State Controller’s Office. The primary responsibilities include the establishment and maintenance of communications between the department and the public, the news media, budgeting, personnel, accounting information systems, and business services. Disbursements’ primary responsibility is to produce and mail or deliver all payments of the state’s obligations, including personal income tax refunds, payroll, and retirement payments. The Information Systems Division develops, maintains, and operates all of the department’s mainframe, client-server and web-based systems; and oversees the planning, procurement, use, and maintenance of information technology hardware and software.
60 Disbursements and Support 381
** my note – isn’t this the actual state budget for the mainframe infrastructure and public dissemination online – why would that appear in other budget requirements elsewhere?
Found here – Legislative, Judicial, and Executive 0840 State Controller
also – adding 9.6 million for this HR Management System to change existing employ history.
MAJOR PROGRAM CHANGES Back to Top
* Human Resources Management System (aka 21st Century Project) – The Governor’s Budget proposes to add $9.6 million General Fund and 76.7 one-year limited term positions in 2009-10 to continue activities associated with the replacement of the existing employment history, payroll, leave accounting, and position control systems.
** my note **
Yes, there’s more but I don’t know whether it really interests anyone or not. I would love to go through and choose every last place where info-tech systems and cross-over data compilation systems are either being put in, upgraded or added under some new program. They show up everywhere. I’ve heard of redundancy but usually it is to the goal of more efficiency, not less.
9100 Tax Relief
California taxpayers are provided assistance through a variety of tax relief programs. Additional relief is provided to lowincome
senior citizens and disabled persons. Tax relief also is provided to individuals who agree to hold their land as open
space under the Williamson Act of 1965. This budget also provides payments to cities and counties to help defray revenues
lost as a result of tax relief programs.
8885 Commission on State Mandates
The objective of the Commission on State Mandates is to fairly and impartially hear and determine if local agencies and
school districts are entitled to reimbursement for increased costs mandated by the state. The Commission was created as a
quasi-judicial body to determine state mandated costs. The Commission consists of the Director of Finance, the State
Controller, the State Treasurer, the Director of the Office of Planning and Research, a public member with experience in
public finance, and two additional members from the categories of city council member, county supervisor, or school district
governing board member, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate.
** my note – aren’t these same administrative people paid elsewhere in the budget and why does it cost $146.6 million dollars to decide whether schools need more money or not – wouldn’t that make better sense to just give this money to the schools to continue doing what they are doing? – especially since this represents many times more than the school systems in California are being cut?
10 – ADMINISTRATION
The Commission on State Mandates carries out three distinct statutory duties:
Hears and decides test claims alleging that the Legislature or a state agency imposed a reimbursable mandate upon local
agencies and school districts.
Hears and decides claims alleging that the State Controller has incorrectly reduced payments to local agencies and
Determines the existence of significant financial distress for applicant counties that seek to reduce their General
Assistance standards of aid.
** my note – does it make sense to spend $146.6 million dollars to do these things listed above? How do you even spend that kind of money to get this done? I could tell them right now – yes, the schools need more money. Problem solved.
— I’ve compiled about 45 pages of specific info from the California state budget that suggests priorities are amiss – including why in the hell do they have umpteen different tax collection budgets that if added together would be eating over a billion dollars easily – simply to collect various taxes. It is something like
** my note – (that’s 354.67 million dollars to collect sales tax and papertrail it.)
45 Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Program 97
$21,479 (in thousands) 2009 – 2010
46 Cigarette and Tobacco Products Licensing Program 95.2
$11,602 (in thousands) 2009-2010
** my note – that’s a combined total of $33 million dollars to collect taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products. Most of California could go ahead and smoke for the amount of money it costs to collect the taxes on it. Aren’t the stamps put on mechanically, the paperwork and remittances sent by those who are selling them? How do they spend that much money to collect taxes?
Legislative, Judicial, and Executive
0860 State Board of Equalization
An increase of $3.3 million General Fund, $2.5 million special fund, and six positions to address building systems problems caused by overcrowding in the Sacramento headquarters building. The funds will support relocation and rental costs for approximately 500 employees who have been added in recent years due to workload growth and efforts to improve collections.
0860 State Board of Equalization
The mission of the State Board of Equalization is to serve the public through fair, effective, and efficient administration of the sales and use taxes, insurance tax, excise taxes, and various other taxes and fees. The Board also administers utility assessments for local property tax purposes, and provides guidance and assistance to local governments in the administration of the property tax. As an appellate body, the Board adjudicates appeals on property tax assessments, as well as appeals under the various business taxes laws that it administers, the personal income tax, corporation tax, and senior citizens property tax assistance programs.
Total Dollars $456,485
Total Positions 4,186.5
1730 Franchise Tax Board
1 STATE OPERATIONS
$524,440 (in thousands – 524.4 million dollars used on collecting taxes) 2009-2010
EXPENDITURES BY CATEGORY (Summary By Object)
Authorized Positions (Equals Sch. 7A) $327,170
** my note – the numbers are a bit different on the totals but I think it means the franchise tax board is using up $560.3 million dollars to collect taxes and paying its employees $327.1 million dollars to do it.
That seems like an extraordinary amount considering that different types of taxes including sales and use taxes, insurance taxes, numerous other taxes and other elements of tax administration, tax oriented decision-making and information gathering is covered independently in other budget locations.
I’d love to see what the total tax collecting process requires in expenditures and salaries and benefits and equipment and records keeping and information infrastructure costs considering the cuts that are being made to so many programs for people barely surviving, schools, elderly, etc.
General Fund Revenue Total (in millions) – $97,708
Special Funds Revenue Total (in millions) – $30,667
Total Revenue Sources (in millions) – $128,375
Change from 2008-2009 – + $ 13,241
2009-10 Revenue Sources
(Dollars in Millions)
But the increase from last year’s revenues is over $13 billion dollars? What is creating $48 billion dollars of immediate shortfall deficit as reported? How is that possible? And they’ve already spent the money which income tax withholding took in and are unable to make refunds on those overpayments created by the withholding system? – my notes
Budget total for California volunteers – $34,732 (In thousands) 2009-2010
** my note – that’s 34.7 million dollars to encourage people to volunteer.
50 Unclaimed Property Program 218.6
$27,157 (in thousands) 2009-2010
0840 State Controller
50 – UNCLAIMED PROPERTY
The Unclaimed Property Division administers the Unclaimed Property Law by notifying owners of their unclaimed property before it is transferred to the State; receiving unclaimed property from banks, savings and loans, and other business firms; and restoring property to the rightful owners.
** – that’s 27.1 million dollars to coordinate unclaimed property from banks, etc.
** and **
** my note – it looks like both the assembly representatives, the senators and all salaried personnel received more in salaries this year than last and last year more than the year before. That means, they’ve given themselves raises and raises in session per diems to add to it, among other things.
How is it possible for the corporation tax to range near $10.5 billion with the number of profitable corporations in California? Especially when personal income tax revenues and insurance tax revenues and sales tax revenues are so much higher than that amount? How is that possible?
No, I’m not an expert on their budget, nor do I want to be. But, I do know that years ago when I lived in California there were places in the budget where every marina, yachting clubhouse and yacht club, regatta and sailing/boating event used to receive money and grants regularly, among other similar types of things. I do admit that there are some strange things in this group of tax collection items including the incredible amount of money (over a million dollars) that is being spent to attempt to collect taxes from people selling stuff at the flea markets without claiming it. http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/pdf/GovernorsBudget/1000/1730.pdf
I found part of the marina support grants and loans funding –
Boating Facility Construction Loans and Grants – The Budget includes $20 million Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund to provide funding for boating facility construction loans and grants, including $13.8 million in public loans to develop, construct, and renovate marinas, $2.7 million in local assistance grants, and $3.5 million to fund private marina construction loans statewide.
Total Dollars $75,134 (in thousands) 2009-2010
10 Boating Facilities $39,592 (isn’t that over 39 million dollars?) http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/StateAgencyBudgets/3000/3680/department.html
Now part of the problem I have with all this is easily found in the news –
and I also found lots of programs for elderly, disadvantaged, blind, disabled, developmentally disabled, independent living for disabled, all levels and types of education, families and children, foster care funds, property tax forgiveness for elderly, nutrition programs, heat and utility bill subsidies for elderly, disabled and extremely low income members of the state – all stripped of funding with severity even if it was happening in a good economy when fewer would qualify. – That is quite a sentence, and quite a list. It isn’t even complete. The only things I could find that the state of California supports for the disabled and elderly are vast funds for testing and pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals. I think if they can, they will make back every dollar they spend on those things with returns from the pharmaceutical corporations, and its dependent industries.
I could’ve sworn that Arnold – Gov guy – had campaigned on his emphasis for education and education funding not the complete decimation of opportunities to be educated in the State of California.
State warned of possible credit downgrade
Matthew Yi, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Thursday, January 22, 2009
(01-22) 04:00 PST Sacramento —
State Controller John Chiang warned Friday that without a budget compromise, the state would run out of cash in February. He announced that he plans to delay nearly $3.7 billion in tax refunds, grants to the poor and college students next month. Chiang said he may be forced to issue IOUs if the budget impasse continues.
The turbulent year that saw gigantic job cuts and a housing slump, left California with a 9.3 percent jobless rate in December, with 78,200 jobs lost during the month. According to figures released by State Employment Development Department, the unemployment rate the previous year was 5.9 percent.
Officials said that with big layoffs announced by most industries, except the farming sector, the most populous US state has been in the clutches of the deepening recession. Out of the eleven industry categories, ten cut jobs; trade, utilities, and transportation leading the others.
(CNSNews.com) – Spending by California’s state government has increased 32 percent since Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took office in 2003, and now the state is running out of money and is having difficulty borrowing it.
California Budget Deficit Reaches Record $42 Billion (Update2)
By Michael B. Marois and William Selway
Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) — California’s budget deficit will reach $41.8 billion over the next 19 months, a record shortfall forcing officials to look for ways to pay bills as they brace for the state to run out of cash.
Even if the Legislature passes Schwarzenegger’s proposed tax increases and spending cuts to fix the current year’s spending plan, approved just three months ago, California will still be deeply in the hole next year. Genest said Schwarzenegger’s plan would still leave the state with $19 billion less than needed for the year ending in June 2010.
**my note – There are lots of places in the California state budget where it seems they have plenty of money to spend and in many cases, overspend. Someone or some group of someones needs to re-prioritize their assets and decisions before they realize the consequences of poor management over California’s future and position of leadership in the world.
If the Republican leaders in Sacramento and the governors’ office would reconsider the budget they are demanding in light of reality and adjust some of the places which are vastly overspent – overcompensated legislators, judges, health premiums for these and other state employees 75% paid by the state tax revenues, ridiculous salary and benefit considerations for the same individual employees across several budget categories and other stuff like that – (you know, at some point its just plain wrong.)
7:33am UK, Saturday January 24, 2009
Businesses are becoming increasingly pessimistic about their prospects over the next year as the recession hits British industry
More than a third of companies (36%) believe their business activity will decline in the coming 12 months, according to a survey by Lloyds TSB.
In addition, 43% of the 200 firms surveyed by the banking group expect growth to stagnate.
And 66% said they are more pessimistic about the economic outlook than they were three months ago.
“As the economy weakens, it is not surprising that firms are not hopeful about their ability to do business over the coming year,” Trevor Williams, chief economist at Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets, said.
* Repossessions Go Through The Roof
* ‘Profound’ Banking Changes Needed
* Microsoft To Slash 5,000 Jobs
* Threshers Could Close 400 Stores
* Nokia Issues Sales Warning
* Product Demand Lowest Since 1991
Hundreds Face Factory Axe
Hundreds Of Food Jobs Go
Job At Risk? Flirt With Your Boss
Hefty Pay Bonus At Northern Rock
Govt Borrowing Hits Record Levels
Bank Chief Admits Policy Failure
New Lloyds Shares Nose-Dive
Buy British To Save Jobs
The Government won’t listen to small firms and banks won’t listen to the Government. What can we do to get out of recession?
Bail-Outs And Broken Banks
Argos Owner Jobs At Risk
Cash Crisis Helps Primark
Jobs Go At Clothing Firm Burberry
Food Firm Cuts Hundreds Of Jobs
Hundreds Could Go At Car Maker
New Lloyds Shares Nose-Dive
Sterling Slumps To Seven-Year Low
States want states rights until they’re up a creek from the mismanagement, greed and mis-aligned priorities of their leadership.
My comments –
In the United States, the states want autonomy until everything goes to hell. What I have noticed in examining labor department records online recently is that the unemployment accounts in the states have not been comparable to the money coming into those funds from businesses. Now, why is that?
Every state has raised fees and taxes, cut services – good luck to anybody that needs a dog catcher but God help us if we park our car in the wrong place or at the wrong time or if a drivers’ license has a married name that doesn’t match the maiden name on the person’s social security card or in their system. It is obscene. The chances of individual citizens spending time in jail and paying years of their lives for petty crimes are far greater than for murder or grand larceny.
Years ago, I noticed in the state budget for Georgia that funds for social security and medicaid were being used for other purposes like the Game and Fish, park service payrolls and other uses. I haven’t looked at it lately, but I know that in many states they steal from the poor in their budgets while continuing to fund golf courses, waterparks, horse related shows and racing, seminars and retreats for government workers, roads to their own access desires, and covered walkways, parking decks and exclusive use properties that only serve government workers and congress members.
At one point, in Georgia a parking deck and covered access skywalk was created that cost something around $87,000 per square foot while the number of homeless across the state soared. It is insane. The thinking isn’t sound and somewhere in the process, the contempt for those the state and local government leaders intended to serve as public servants is evident.
Within the last couple weeks, our governor announced he would use Georgia’s “rainy day fund” to solve a portion of our budget deficit shortfall. We don’t have a “rainy day fund” in our state budget. To me, this means our legislators and our governor intends to steal from somewhere although they don’t call it stealing.
They normally do creative shifts of moneys that are not appropriately legislated to the new uses and then scramble for US Federal help to solve the problems they’ve caused by doing it. Or, they simply find ways to access the Federal moneys in some other way. For instance, in Atlanta and elsewhere across Georgia, the homelessness has been solved at times by putting everyone without a valid residence in jail – then accessing the Federal matching funds for each bed in jail that they filled. By defining that population as a “special population” of disabled and/or mentally ill, the state was able to receive more per inmate bed in use than otherwise from the Feds.
Over and over again, the states and cities across America have reneged on their promises to be solvent, more efficient, more transparent, and serve the people affected by their decisions. There are no checks and balances, no accountability and the state claims sovereign immunity anytime they choose. We didn’t elect rulers – we elected representatives. But, in many states, only projects that serve the elected officials use or their elite friends are funded. And they want autonomy and no compliance with Federal regulations or guidance while mismanaging state and local assets, resources and opportunities.
The problems with our economy do not only rest in the national scale. States like Nebraska who recently said they have great numbers of shovel-ready projects can only lead me to believe that they haven’t been doing with their money what should’ve been done all along. That’s the one way I can see that they would’ve had these projects sitting ready to be funded.
Every state in the United States is entrenched in twisted interpretations of priority and ethics among those in their legislatures, officials, county and local leaders, business leaders and administrators, including governors and mayors. When they didn’t want to comply with Federal regulations, they haven’t – including the requests to compile data using the same standard, backing the equal opportunity laws, honoring clean air and clean water / non-polluting standards and administering the Americans with Disabilities Act, nor by keeping children in their homes and promoting strong families by keeping them together and providing supports for them.
These are continuing problems that have not been managed, solved nor changed. They will continue whether there are billions given to states or not. These billions coming into the states will encourage the county, local, city and state government workers to find inappropriate ways to access them whether by roads to nowhere, covered skywalks so the rain doesn’t hit their heads to making otherwise healthy students into special needs populations to get money for their schools (which in all honesty is not spent on those students.)
Our state will continue supporting football programs even while the school buildings fall into ruin because that is what is important to them whether our students can read with comprehension or not. Something must change the mindset being used to determine these things. How that can be done is far more important than handing the states more money to misappropriate.
There needs to be a full audit and accounting in every state, city and county across America and all accounting for businesses, banks, government agencies and government branches needs to comply with international sound fiscal accounting practices, whatever it takes to do that. Maybe we could put the out-of-work Wall Street traders to work doing that or better yet, the homeless and underemployed who have a much greater vested interest in honesty from our government.
– cricketdiane, 01-24-09
On a look at what has caused conservatism among people in the US –
Psychologists have generally found that personality traits, individual difference variables, needs, and ideological beliefs seem to have a common thread. For instance, a meta-analysis by Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, and Sulloway in 2003 analyzed 88 studies, from 12 countries, with over 22,000 subjects, and found that death anxiety, intolerance of ambiguity, lack of openness to experience, uncertainty avoidance, need for cognitive closure, need for personal structure, and threat of loss of position or self-esteem all contribute to the degree of one’s overall political conservatism. The researchers suggest that these results show that political conservatives’ stress resistance to change and justification of inequality and are motivated by needs that are aimed at reducing threat and uncertainty.