I Predict This Motel Will Be Standing Until I Pay My Bill*

By December 5, 2008Economy

Reuters, “California may be out of cash in February

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California is on track to run out of cash in February or March and faces a $15 billion cash shortage by the end of its fiscal year in June unless officials plug an $11.2 billion budget gap, according to the state’s budget director.

Additionally, if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers fail to close the current fiscal year’s budget shortfall soon, California, the most populous U.S. state, may in March delay payments to its vendors or hand them notes promising payment, according to a December 1 letter to top lawmakers from the director of the Department of Finance, Michael Genest.

A structured bankruptcy, complete with new leadership and renegotiated labor contracts, seems the only way out.

* Warren Zevon, “Desperadoes under the Eaves.”

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