Letters to the Editor

July 17, 2014

The not so balanced budget

Re Full-page ad, July 15: I think the advertisement in The Bee accusing Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature of lying to us about the allegedly balanced budget is a well-thought out, accurate explanation of the issues.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has even referred to it on the radio as a "nearly balanced" budget. What a joke. We have a huge debt in the area of state employee retirement programs. I am not saying we should drastically cut the retirement plans, as those employees have earned the benefit. Let's just ask our leadership to be honest about the future financial obligations of our taxpayers and prepare to meet those obligations.

Instead, they hide behind creative accounting practices and try to tell us that all is well. Shame on them for saddling our children and grandchildren with paying for their retirement benefits.

I guess Gov. Brown wants a toy train for Christmas.

-- Joseph Kessing, Cameron Park

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