It's Sunday and if your bracket isn't busted yet, it will be later today. Nevertheless, local asparagus appeared this morning at farmers' market for the first time this year! Not cheap, but it's the first. Much cheaper in a few weeks. It's like corn in the summer. For now, asparagus with a black bean sauce sounds delish.
Okay, politics. There's nothing going on. Fortunately, The Nooner is on California politics and policy and I don't have to write about Sarah Huckabee Sanders' sartorial choices.
PROP 2: John Myers dives into the "budget stabalization" clusterf* we are in. Too much money to save for the rainy day. Under the governor's budget proposal, prepaying the fund may trigger infrastructure spending by $2.9 billion over the next few years, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office.
As I have written in this space before, infrastructure is very complicated when dictated from Sacramento and the ballot measure's language was vague. It could be one of the biggest food fights in Sacramento. Prop. 2 was a deal crafted by Governor Brown. The "maximum reserve" was a compromise with interests, mostly the powerful California Teachers Association. As the LAO points out in its analysis, one-time spending in great state revenue years like this one is smart as it doesn't lead to bigger cuts lately.
So, the question now is where does the money go? Deferred maintenance at our schools, colleges and universities? The funding for a law school at UC Riverside? Childrens' hospitals, which otherwise rely on general obligation bond funds? High-speed rail? The tunnel water project? Money to counties/cities to focus on local priorities.