Why California Budget Deficit Is Snowballing: Legislative Analyst | Gabriel Petek

Siyamak sits down with Gabriel Petek, California’s legislative analyst. He talks about why California is facing such a huge budget deficit and how it may last a few more years. He will also share what it will take to solve this budget crisis.
“A couple of years ago, we had a $100 billion surplus, and we heard about these big numbers. Now, we’re estimating that we currently face a $68 billion budget deficit. The governor’s office also identifies $38 billion in annual deficit,” Mr. Petek said. “In order to solve that problem, we would need $50 billion in higher revenues.”
Join us as we explore the impact on California of transitioning from a surplus to a deficit, including reduced funding for issues like homelessness, transportation, and climate initiatives. We talk about the sensitivity of California’s economy to interest rates, the phenomenon of net outmigration, and its effects on the state’s fiscal health. Despite recent growth in the stock market and historical revenue spikes, Mr. Petek highlights the challenges of aligning increased stock market performance with actual tax revenue benefits due to the nature of the state’s economic drivers and investment activities.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), represented by Mr. Petek, serves as a nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor, offering critical analysis on budget proposals and fiscal estimates for state ballot initiatives, aiming to provide objective and impartial insights into California’s financial and legislative landscape.
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Siyamak Khorrami

Siyamak Khorrami


Siyamak Khorrami has been the general manager and chief editor of the Southern California edition of The Epoch Times since 2017. He is also the host of the “California Insider” show, which showcases leaders and professionals across the state with inside information about trending topics and critical issues in California.

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