Today I learned some cool stuff from my buddy Mitch Ratcliffe:
…the California state budget is larger than the combined budgets of other states, as it is the eighth largest economy in the world.
This explains a lot. California has roughly 15% of the American population, and according to Mitch, its state government spends more than all other states combined, or roughly four times as much per capita. No wonder those folks are in trouble.
BTW, that economy is around 5 or 6 in the world, depending on stuff.