California finally has a budget, several weeks late.
The Governator signed a budget which terminates a $55-million program that advocates say has helped thousands of mentally ill homeless people break the costly cycle of hospitalization, jails and street life.
Also cut: $1.3 million to track hospital efforts to eliminate infections, which kill more than 7,000 Californians a year; $30 million for state parks; and $6 million to compel drug manufacturers to discount medicines for lower-income people.
Oh, but wait — the budget’s not just all about cost-cutting. No! Some people get a benefit. Legislators managed to preserve a tax break for some purchasers of yachts, planes and recreational vehicles — a measure will cost the state as much as $45 million.
The poor folks get the shaft, so that we can spend $45 million to help those sad, sad people who buy yachts, planes and RV’s. I’m so glad those people got the help they need. I cried myself to sleep thinking about them every night.
Is it just me, or does anyone else find this unconscionable?