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Is It Really Budget Doomsday?



    A house erupts in flames on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 during the controlled burn of a home in Escondido, Calif., that was so packed with homemade explosives that authorities claim they had no choice but to burn it to the ground. The house was rented by an out-of-work software consultant who allegedly assembled an astonishing quantity of bomb-making materials that included chemicals used by Middle Eastern suicide bombers. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Two old journalistic bulls are debating the question of whether California has reached budget doomsday, as Gov. Brown is suggesting.

    Dan Walters, the Sacramento Bee columnist, suggests doomsday is not yet here, at least for the middle class. Mark Paul, a former Sacramento Bee editorial writer and former deputy treasurer of California (and my co-author in a book published earlier this year), says doomsday is upon us

    Your view may turn on what you think of cuts to social services -- and whether you consider another 10 percent cut in K-14 schools, on top of the last few years of cuts, to represent a doomsday.