Mac Taylor’s budget happy talk draws more fire — deservedly

Nov. 18, 2012

By Chris Reed

Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s budget report does have plenty of caveats that his somewhat upbeat view of coming years may never come to pass. But Taylor’s opening statement about there being a “strong possibility of multibillion-dollar operating surpluses within a few years” is so Pollyannaish that it could do permanent damage to his reputation. What happened in 2006 is the template for legislative behavior whenever revenue grows: fresh demands quickly eat it up.

I made the case that Taylor ignored many warning signs Thursday in this U-T San Diego editorial.

Dan Borenstein makes a similar case in today’s Contra Costa Times.

What’s particularly aggravating about Taylor’s misleading forecast is that it will certainly embolden a lot of bad behavior both in Sacramento and at the local level in agencies like school districts that depend on state funding.

I know people who know Taylor and they say he prides himself on being a constructive force in a state capital without enough such people. What he did last week was far from constructive.

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  1. Sean Morham
    Sean Morham 18 November, 2012, 10:42

    Conecticut’s legislature has been called into special session, because the governor promoted tax increases(higher incomes, sales tax, and fees) is now projecting significantly less revenue than original plans. Oops. That governor also made agreements with public unions to eliminate possibility of layoffs. The unions are asking to let a bunch of “workers” retire early. Of course, the penions are underfunded big time, ick, the early retirements would increase the underfunding.
    Guess what state is next?

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  2. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 18 November, 2012, 13:06

    This isn’t the first time Taylor has made rosy forecasts and sided up with the state’s big spenders, including the Finance Department. But this time it was really misleading, and sounded like a guy who wants to keep his job.

    Katy

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 18 November, 2012, 20:26

    CA tax/budget money is nothing more than a giant fraud and ponzi scheme that is for the pure benefit of public employees, at the expense of the rest of the states population.

    How did we get to this point????? I will tell you = $$$$$$$$$$$$$…… $$$$$ in politics and government, it distorts truth, reality and the goal of state taxes that benefits ALL citizens of CA, not just public employees.

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