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California on Verge of Collapse

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by Ben Cohen

The Guardian reveals a horrifying picture of the sunshine state that argues California should basically be considered a 'failed state':

California is currently cutting healthcare, slashing the "Healthy
Families" programme that helped an estimated one million of its poorest
children. Los Angeles now has a poverty rate of 20%. Other cities
across the state, such as Fresno and Modesto, have jobless rates that
rival Detroit's. In order to pass its state budget, California's
government has had to agree to a deal that cuts billions of dollars
from education and sacks 60,000 state employees. Some teachers have
launched a hunger strike in protest. California's education system has
become so poor so quickly that it is now effectively failing its future
workforce. The percentage of 19-year-olds at college in the state
dropped from 43% to 30% between 1996 and 2004, one of the highest falls
ever recorded for any developed world economy. California's schools are
ranked 47th out of 50 in the nation. Its government-issued bonds have
been ranked just above "junk".