The news out of California's state capitol:
Democratic lawmakers on Monday explained just how widespread budget cuts will be in California if the Legislature or voters do not extend temporary tax hikes to help close a $26.6 billion deficit. California would have to allow oil drilling to be expanded off the coast of Santa Barbara; end class-size reduction efforts in kindergarten through third grade; reduce wildland firefighting; and stop support for various public safety programs, according to a memo drafted by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office at the request of Democratic lawmakers.(italics, ours)
Thanks, guys... that made this decision that much easier. After all our bitching and complaining, all it took to start drawing more of that black sticky stuff out of the ground was just a few decades of statist-fueled Sacramento incompetence.