California: The haves and have-nots

By Felix Salmon
July 1, 2009
People who get California IOUs People California pays in cash
Grants to aged, blind or disabled persons University of California
People needing temporary assistance for basic family needs Public Employees’ Retirement System
People in drug prevention, treatment, and recovery services Legislators, legislative employees, and appointees
Persons with developmental disablities Judges
People in mental health treatment Department of Corrections
Small Business Vendors Health Care Services payments to Institutional Providers

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with everything else i had to say before i forgot some important info. since i have been working for the state i have also maintained a second job just to pay the bills. i do not live in a mansion. i live in an old home that needs lots of work that is not been done because there is never in money in reserve for that. i drive a 7 year old $16,000 car and if it gives out completely there is no money for a new one. so, once again i say that state employees are not any different than you are. we all are in this together and no matter how much it hurts the pain has to be spread out between us.

now, i think that the legislators of california should be included in the pay cuts. that everyone in california needs to be part of the fix.

Posted by lesa | Report as abusive

My daughter is freaking out because she in in the catagory that will receive an IOU for her next payment. What do you do with this paper? She needs to make a car paymment and the bank will not approved the IOU.
I once was so proud of being a Californian, not any more. The politicians think only of their precious unions and themselves. The common people are non existant. There is shame from this citizen.

ohh boy
here comes the pain

Posted by koehler | Report as abusive

I suppose it figures, they can’t afford lawyers, after all.

Arnold sucks ass. I hope he drowns in his jacuzzi and chokes on his cigars.

Maybe Palin is moving to California and running for governor?

Posted by itsmyturn | Report as abusive

Its good that they gave IOU’s to the blind – they can’t see that they are not getting money. Would probably foolishly spend it on food.

Posted by fresno dan | Report as abusive

It figures judges and legislators would get paid in cash. Disgusting.

Posted by Res Gestae | Report as abusive

Soon those who are paid “cash” instead of IOU would not be any better, the fiat currency of ours is straight from the printing press, or the creation of banking electronic transaction, you won’t be able to buy anything with uncle sam’s notes.

Posted by Zoro | Report as abusive

Wouldn’t want to let pot smokers out of prison. LOL
The legislature should get ZERO pay for the entire time
they have no budget. Not just deferred pay, I mean NO pay

Posted by Greg Moore | Report as abusive

We Californians need to solve this inequality. It’s just wrong. Positive changes need to be made at the fundamental levels of California’s government. Many Californians are finally waking up to injustices like this. Rest assured, the next generation will run the Golden State quite differently than what we see today.

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