The governor of California is hiking with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out, bites the governor and attacks his dog. The governor calls Animal Control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $300 for testing it for disease and $800 for relocating it. The governor calls a veterinarian. The veterinarian collects the dead dog and bills the state $500 for testing it for disease. The governor goes to the emergency room to have his wounds cleaned and bandaged. The hospital bills the state $3,500. The nature trail is shut down for six months while Fish and Game conducts a $750,000 study to make sure the area is free of dangerous animals. The state spends $300,000 implementing a Coyote Awareness Program for area residents. The state legislature spends $2,000,000 to study better ways to treat rabies. The governor’s security agent is fired for not having prevented the attack. The state must spend $95,000 to hire and train a new security agent with additional special training regarding coyotes. PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files suit against the state, costing taxpayers $4,500,000 in legal expenses.
The governor of Arizona is hiking with her dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and is about to attack the dog when the governor pulls out a pistol and shoots the coyote. The governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge. Buzzards eat the dead coyote.
Now you know why California is broke.