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File a return … get an IOU

California is strapped for cash … so strapped … that instead of state tax refunds … folks may be getting an IOUs. Steve had already done a great post on that here. Now there’s video … courtesy of Neil Cavuto. Once again Neil brings some common sense to the situation.

Looking for your state refund… how about an IOU?

I’m note sure how to even comment on this one. From what I read, California went through a similar situation in 1992 where state workers – in lieu of a paycheck – got an IOU from the state and the employees were able to go to the bank and cash the IOU.

Now, with more budget issues at hand, California is considering providing IOUs to state residents who are due a refund after completing their state income tax documents.

Hat tip tonight goes to Glenn over at Instapundit, who references an article on MSNBC’s online site.

“My office [California’s Controller John Chiang] has projected that, in approximately 60 days, there will be insufficient cash available to meet all expenditures reflected in the 2008-09 Budget Act,” stated a Tuesday letter from Controller Chiang to the directors of all state agencies. “To ensure that the State can meet its obligations to schools, debt service, and others entitled to payment under the State Constitution, federal law, or court order. California may begin, as early as February 1, 2009, issuing registered warrants…commonly referred to as IOUs…to individuals and entities in lieu of regular payments.”

Sweet goodness.

In 1992, banks honored the state’s IOUs, cashing them [state employee paychecks] on demand, and then receiving an additional 5% from the state when it made good on the obligations. In effect, the IOUs served the state as unsecured bridge loans from banks. But this time around, with credit tight and banks still feeling the impact of the fall meltdown in the financial services industry, it is not yet clear how banks will respond.

Yeah, would you loan money to California and expect a 5 percent rate of return? Didn’t think so.

Doug Ross suggests that – in lieu of taxes due – residents provide the state with IOUs when it comes to paying their taxes.

California’s registered Republicans should, in lieu of regular tax payments, be permitted to pay the state with “registered warrants” since they’re not responsible for this disaster.

California budget ballons 40 percent in four years – still running out of cash

Where have we heard this type of rhetoric before? A California state official is claiming the state is going to run out of cash in 60 days unless the legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger get on the same page and make some changes.

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Prop. 8 bullies in California

What is wrong with people? I understand taking a stand in what you believe in, but you should not be allowed to force your opinion on others. What’s happening in California to some individuals is outright harassment and should not be tolerated.

Malkin has more. If you’re a business owner or store manager in California you best keep your mouth shut concerning any political or social position. If these bullies are against you, they can attack you and your customers.

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Confirmed again – Schwarzenegger not a conservative

From either the conservatives-already-knew-this or Rush-told-you-so files; Arnold, the muscle-clad governor of California, confirmed once again that he is indeed, not a conservative. Nanny State Alert!

Since California has now become the first state in the Union to ban trans fats, I’m wondering what is next. Since I have a friend that occasionally gets sick to her stomach when she smells beef on a barbecue, I’m thinking that we need to outlaw outdoor grilling. We’ve already made smokers second-class citizens so why not the 42 year-old BBQin’ dads too? Read more