California has finally come up with a budget, and its budget crises do remind me of the good old days when the state had somewhat similar (although not quite as severe or protracted) problems in the early 1990's. But the damage is likely to be lasting for the educational system. Once again, money is not the only ingredient for a successful research and teaching environment, but it is an important one.
And, as usual, the fear is that California will lead the way here as well. Once again, direct democracy sucks, but the good news is that California is more twisted and tied by propositions than any other state. So, perhaps other states will not follow the CA example as closely.
The lesson to be learned, of course, is: Mama, don't let your child grow up to be an aspiring professor.