A reader just emailed this over to us after going through our last post: an interesting look at just what is at stake for California should Trump come after us for defying his authority. Yikes!
Here’s the full article, by Jon Coupal of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers’ Association via the Orange County Register. (We know, we know…can it be any more conservative?)
From the full article:
“This is not a trivial issue, although one might think so after listening to the Sacramento leadership. Approximately 40 percent of California’s budget is allocated through the federal government. California receives $368 billion in federal funding, or about $9,500 for each Californian. The funding is most prominently used for welfare benefits and retirement pensions; however, the federal government spends money in various capacities in California — from infrastructure upkeep and maintenance, to assisting refugees.”
And examples of what could be cut off by the Feds:
“• California’s Department of Health Care Services received almost $54 billion from the federal government in order to provide health care services to millions of low-income and disabled Californians each and every day.
• California’s Department of Education receives almost $12 billion from the federal government, which include K-12 and higher education.
• California’s Department of Social Services, which is responsible for the oversight and administration of programs serving California’s most vulnerable residents, receives $7 billion from the federal government. Those programs include food stamps, child welfare and veteran services to state a few.”
As a required piece of THC ranting, did you catch where they mentioned welfare benefits and retirement pensions up there? Hmm…seems like California probably can’t afford to jeopardize funding for those programs since we are already facing an impending economic catastrophe as a result of our pension obligations. It would be bad for the State of California, and even worse for the people who rely on that assistance.