Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Costing Out Governor Moonbeam

Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:26am PST 0 Comments

Back in the day, Jerry Brown earned the nickname “Governor Moonbeam” for proposing that California launch its own communications satellite. “I didn’t get that moniker for nothing,” Brown recently proclaimed, adding, “if Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite.” The governor did not indicate what this satellite might cost, but as his building plan for the capital shows, it is likely to be much higher than he can imagine.

“California risks embarking on a flawed and potentially costly Sacramento-area state office building strategy,” notes Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee. The $3 billion plan calls for the renovation or replacement of 11 state buildings. The state legislative analyst finds the project short on detail and warns that the governor’s June budget agreement limits controls over how the money gets spent. Already it appears that the buildings, as Miller explains, “will turn out to be more expensive than earlier estimates.” That will come as no surprise to embattled California taxpayers........To Read More.....

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