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Steven Greenhut

Yes, There’s a Case for Staying in California: Steven Gre

California is at the top of “most hated” states, according to a recent national poll. It’s easy to see why a lot of Californians themselves agree with this assessment, after Governor Jerry Brown’s latest scary description of the deepening hole the state is in.

The state’s budget deficit has grown to $15.7 billion from $9.2 billion since January, proof that a governor who promised to provide an honest budget ended up relying on the same overly optimistic economic forecasts and kick-the-can-down-the-road gimmicks used by his predecessors. Brown is back to his same-old ways -- threatening draconian cuts unless the public votes for massive tax increases next November.