The Orange County Bankruptcy, 10 Years Later

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On this day in 1994, Orange County went bankrupt. It all sounds like ancient history, until you hear what it's still costing for trash collection, redevelopment, transportation and parks. The same voters who refused to increase their taxes are saddled with $800 million of bonded debt for the next 10 years. Now, seeds of the same kind of collapse are sprouting in Sacramento. Will other counties--and California itself--go the same way if voters refuse to pay for the services they demand? Is there a silver lining? We look at the lessons of the biggest municipal failure in American history with Mark Baldassare of the Public Policy Institute of California and Orange County Register business columnist Jonathan Lansner.
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California Legislative Analyst on California economy and budget

Senator McClintock on state budget, taxes

Orange County, California

California budget

Economic Recovery Act (Prop 57, 2004)

Lansner's article on OC bankruptcy, Bob Citron

Cal Bears on Holiday Bowl

Holiday Bowl

Bowl Championship Series

Ratto's article on Cal Bears, Bowl Championship Series



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Frances Anderton