Standard & Poor’s is threatening to downgrade California’s outlook if lawmakers don’t balance the budget without gimmicks. “We are being disciplined by our lenders who will downgrade us for fudging,” said Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point.
Bad old Wall Street bankers are forcing California to clean up its financial mess in order to prevent a catastrophic economic tsunami.
California’s economy is nearly one-eighth of the entire country’s gross domestic product. It totals 30 percent of the debt carried by all 50 states, according to Gabriel Petek, an S&P analyst. Petek, interviewed by FOX Business, said that California is overly reliant on personal income taxes, and that the state’s tax structure is behind the deficit because of this reliance.
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