NPR this morning had an interesting piece on what's causing the budget mess.
Prop 13, 98, and a whole host of other voter-passed initiatives are behind it. (While I did vote for Prop 98, I was way too young to vote for Prop 13)
So much so that they're unable to cut after-school programs (voter-approved and a pet-project of the Governor's PRIOR to his becoming governor!) while being forced to cut school funding!
I had previously been asked 'why would you care about California's budget?' by a friend. The answer? Well, it IS the 7th largest economy IN THE WORLD. Not to mention that it's got a hell of a lot of clout in the rest of the country because of its size.
I wish them luck getting out of the mess its in though.