Lots of Money Spent—No Results—Standard Government Program

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    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it.

     Wherein we see the inevitable results of the INTEND-IS-DOES dance. The INTENTION was noble. What IS done is unknown. Nobody pays any attention to the DOES part, the results. Thirteen Billion here, 13 Billion there, soon you’ll be discussing real money.

      California, where noble intentions go to die.

$13 Billion in California Mental Health Funding Wasted?

"State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended," reported CBS Los Angeles, in the wake of an investigation by an independent state oversight commission.

"The Little Hoover Commission report is the latest review to find that the state has little evidence to show that $13 billion in Proposition 63 funds have been effectively spent," said CBS.

According to the Proposition 63 website, the Mental Health Services Act was a successful proposition put before California voters in 2004 to tax people who earned over $1 million, "with the intention of expanding services while improving the quality of life for Californians living with or at risk of serious mental illness."

The recent Commission investigation found that its not clear what most of the money has been put towards, or if there have been positive outcomes, as result of "weak oversight," "poor transparency" and lack of fiscal accountability throughout the program. "In a report to Governor Brown and the Legislature, the Commission cited anecdotal stories of significant successes and improvements in California’s mental health system, but found the state still cannot definitively quantify who has been helped by Proposition 63 spending and how," stated a Commission press release.

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    Who has benefitted? Government workers. Those who got grants. Vaporous government programs. Tax the rich and waste the money. Government in action.

    Standard fare in government programs. Keep the money flowing by relentless Public Relations.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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