Growing California’s ‘Stunted’ Public Sector Will Boost the Economy – CPER Journal
Since the state budget experienced the largest shortfalls on record, without the option of deficit spending, California enacted program cutbacks to many areas – health care, public safety, education, child care, elder care, and care for the disabled. The result has been substantial layoffs in the public sector workforce, including large numbers of teachers.
In the December 2012 issue of CPER online (No. 208), we were pleased to publish an article by UC IRLE economist Sylvia Allegretto and graduate student Luke Reidenbach, “Shrunken Public Sector Stunts California’s Recovery.” The authors show how austerity measures have affected California’s economic recovery and assess the outcomes of recent policies on jobs and economic growth.