OPINION: Why public services in California decline even as revenues rise

California’s spending has surged by 37 percent in the last five years, but many areas that people care about such as higher education, transportation, social services, and parks, have actually seen their funding decline in the same period, writes David Crane in the Contra Costa Times.  The reason for this surprising state of affairs is that major increases in retirement costs, corrections, and health care spending have been so dramatic that they consumed the new revenues and more.

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