Californians have grown accustomed over the years to massively overpaying for public services and infrastructure projects. In fact, one has to look no further than Jerry Brown’s two largest, ongoing pet projects, including the infamous ‘High Speed Rail‘ and ‘Delta Tunnels‘, for a couple of examples of California’s complete obsession with wasting taxpayer money.
That said, the cost of providing the best healthcare money can buy and luxurious accommodations to the state’s 130,000 prisoners is starting to move beyond outrageous, even by California standards. As the AP points out today, Jerry Brown’s new budget allocates a staggering $75,560 to cover the cost of housing each resident of California’s state prison system for a single year.
The spending plan includes a record $11.4 billion for the corrections department while also predicting that there will be 11,500 fewer inmates in four years after voters in November approved earlier releases for many prisoners.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 5, 2017.