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.