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Will Time Travel Solve California's Budget Woes?

Friday, Sep. 17, 2010

When French writer Jules Verne published his travel novel in 1873, he imagined a trip around the world in 80 days.

If only the California legislature could follow suit and adopt a budget. Today marks the 79th day the state has gone without closing the $19 billion budget gap. It's a record for the state, but not one that should invoke pride.

While the legislators fight over what cuts to make and whether or not to add taxes to increase revenues, state employees are still taking furlough days, and cities and counties are anxious about what impact the final budget will have on local operations.

I find it ironic that in Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg set out on an adventure based on a wager by his friends at the Reform Club. Reform sounds like a pretty good idea for lawmakers to consider -- once they pass the budget.

 
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