Best put-down by LAO

I always enjoy Legislative Analyst’s Office reports, which tend to be well-researched, well-written, fair and professional. But now I give the LAO new kudos — for writing one of the best put-downs I’ve read in a while. This is from the LAO’s report on the 2010-2011 transportation budget: “The imposition of furloughs on Caltrans COS [Capital Outlay Support] staff appears to have had no indentifiable impact on its productivity, further suggesting that the department is overstaffed for these activities.”

Ouch.

–Steven Greenhut

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  1. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 10 March, 2010, 16:46

    Well phrased and shows that the state could save even MORE money by just downsizing this department.

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  2. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 10 March, 2010, 19:13

    “Legislative Analyst’s Office reports (which) tend to be well-researched, well-written, fair and professional.”

    OK, Steve, here’s what the Leg Analyst has to say about the governor’s proposal to severely cut or eliminate the IHSS program.

    “…the complete elimination of IHSS (or the dramatic reduction in eligibility proposed in the Governor’s budget plan) would likely lead to offsetting costs that more than outweigh the savings from its elimination…” Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), January 2010

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  3. John Seiler
    John Seiler 10 March, 2010, 23:05

    StevefromSacto: The cuts are just starting. They’re going to be massive.

    California’s unemployment rate jumped to 12.5% in January. There are not enough jobs to pay the taxes that pay the government.

    — John Seiler

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  4. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 11 March, 2010, 10:59

    All the more reason we need to close tax loopholes and start taxing oil production.

    And please explain how it makes sense to cut IHSS when it will end up costing the state MORE in the long run. That’s what the LAO said.

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