Mass Inmate Release Possible in Calif.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering the early release of more than 20,000 low-risk prison inmates from the nation's largest prison system as a way to save money amid a worsening budget crisis, a newspaper reported Thursday.
And just to keep up with the train wreck in progress, the current projected deficit is $14.5 billion up $500 million in the last 5 days. Good thing the governor is holding off declaring a State of Emergency until the middle of January so as not to interfere with the Presidential Primary election cycle. Expansion on that last. It isn't so much the primaries but the other measures on the same ballot that are what is important. There's another $500m per year in Indian gaming revenues that would perversely result in about $700m more added to the deficit. There's also a transportation funding bill that is way too complex in its fiscal consequences to explain. I'll get to that later.