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Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste —And A Governor Didn’t, As California Voters Will Discover This Fall

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Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste —And A Governor Didn’t, As California Voters Will Discover This Fall

by Bill Whalen

Thursday, May 21, 2020

If you’re searching for an example of what ails California, look no further than the State Capitol—more to the point, the crumbling annex attached to the more historic structure where laws are decided.

That annex, a six-story structure that dates back nearly seven decades and was designed to house lawmakers and their staffs and also hold legislative hearings, is slated to be replaced by a more modern structure—a $755 million decision made well before California’s present financial straits, when money was flush in Sacramento.

But that $755 million was only the beginning of the spending.  Lawmakers would need temporary housing once the annex project began. Add the cost of a new structure to suit that purpose and the project’s price tag rose to $1.2 billion—part of a $4 billion plan to build more government edifices in Sacramento’s vicinity.

Which was all fine and dandy, given California’s rosy budget picture before the pandemic struck (imagine a $222 billion spending plan rolled out in January, on top of an existing multibillion-dollar surplus, that would have channeled state money in all sorts of directions  :snip: 

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