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    andrewchang

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    CA Budget Deficit

    Post  andrewchang on Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:51 pm

    Andrew Chang
    California Budget Deficit

    California has seen better days.

    It was once among the best in the nation with regards to education; its current position stands at 49th out of 50. California was once an infrastructural model for the rest of the world; today, it is home to two of the most congested areas in the United States: Los Angeles and San Francisco. And its university system—the “gem of the state”—has recently took another hit in approving a 32% increase in student fees, amounting to a per-student increase of $2500.

    The California budget deficit, now at over $40 billion, is said to be a result of “budgeting on the basis of optimism.” “I completely agree,” responded sophomore Tricia Lin to the assertion, “we always seem to forget the importance of being realistic as opposed to positive when they come in conflict.” As a result of this so-called optimistic budgeting, California’s budget has been late every year. The months-late budget in 2008 cost us a sizable chunk that could have otherwise been allocated to education or infrastructural work.

    When faced with an obstacle, the most obvious priority is always a method of overcoming it. According to State Superintendent Jack O’Connell, however, it was no surprise from a political standpoint when the gubernatorial candidates took a pass on the question of the budget deficit. Said O’Connell: “There are no easy solutions…So that’s why the silence was deafening, and it’s not surprising to me.” Thus, it is critical to realize one of the primary concerns in alleviating this pressing issue: the next governor of California. Junior Ray Chao remarked: “The Schwarzenegger reign over California has left our state in disarray, and if we don't elect a strong leader next year, all hope for the California dream will be lost. The old adage says, If California goes, the United States goes, and we need to take a strong stand and elect a tested and proven leader.”

    But how much will California’s budget deficit affect us directly? Maybe not a lot—yet. The 32% increase in the UC tutition isn’t exactly a dealbreaker for students; according to CNN, families with a sub-70k income will have their tutition covered even under the new provisions. However, it’s crucial to realize that the tutition hike isn’t necessarily the end-all to our budgeting and education dilemmas. Without a strong and capable leader for California, it could very well be only the first step down a very dangerous road.

    nancyxiao

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    Join date : 2009-08-31

    Re: CA Budget Deficit

    Post  nancyxiao on Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:53 am

    Andrew Chang
    California Budget Deficit

    California has seen better days.

    It was once among the best in the nation with regards to education; its current position stands at 49th out of 50. California was once an infrastructural model for the rest of the world; today, it is home to two of the most congested areas in the United States: Los Angeles and San Francisco. And its university system—the “gem of the state”—has recently took another hit in approving a 32% increase in student fees, amounting to a per-student increase of $2500.

    The California budget deficit, now at over $40 billion, is said to be a result of “budgeting on the basis of optimism.” “I completely agree,” responded sophomore Tricia Lin to the assertion, “we always seem to forget the importance of being realistic as opposed to positive when they come in conflict.” As a result of this so-called optimistic budgeting, California’s budget has been late every year. The months-late budget in 2008 cost us a sizable chunk that could have otherwise been allocated to education or infrastructural work.

    When faced with an obstacle, the most obvious priority is always a method of overcoming it. According to State Superintendent Jack O’Connell, however, it was no surprise from a political standpoint when the gubernatorial candidates took a pass on the question of the budget deficit. Said O’Connell: “There are no easy solutions…So that’s why the silence was deafening, and it’s not surprising to me.” Thus, it is critical to realize one of the primary concerns in alleviating this pressing issue: the next governor of California. Junior Ray Chao remarked: “The Schwarzenegger reign over California has left our state in disarray, and if we don't elect a strong leader next year, all hope for the California dream will be lost. The old adage says, If California goes, the United States goes, and we need to take a strong stand and elect a tested and proven leader.”

    But how much will California’s budget deficit affect us directly? Maybe not a lot—yet. The 32% increase in the UC tutition isn’t exactly a dealbreaker for students; according to CNN, families with a sub-70k income will have their tutition covered even under the new provisions. However, it’s crucial to realize that the tutition hike isn’t necessarily the end-all to our budgeting and education dilemmas. Without a strong and capable leader for California, it could very well be only the first step down a very dangerous road.

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