After reading the governor's comments on the state budget and the editorial reply by The Times, I feel a strong need to put in my dollar's worth (used to be 2 cents) about the Deukmejian Administration (letter, March 15, editorials, March 15-17).
The governor has stated the increases in revenue and expenditures in precise figures but fails to mention exact figures for the rate of inflation and population growth. Why not all the information?
The governor has not mentioned the effect on local governments when he sent the mental patients back home and failed to follow them with local financing. Then he says that few places on Earth can match the "quality of life, the level of public services and the opportunities for personal fulfillment" offered by California. This, of course, ignores the hosts of homeless and street gangs in areas where the unemployment figures are greater than for the rest of the state.
Then come the infrastructures; the conditions of highways, bridges, sewage systems, water supplies, and other such publicly supplied items. Proposition 13 took away the greater portion of the local taxing authority from cities, school districts and counties, so they had to turn to state funding. Then the Gann initiative lowered the ability of the state to spend. The public did itself in after falling for the hype of Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann and so greedily swallowed the idea that taxes do nothing but rob the citizens of their ability to buy more things--things which are more self-fulfilling than schools, roads, sewers, etc.