From the article:
California's budget deficit is gone after years of financial troubles, Governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday, proposing a plan that raises spending on education and healthcare, boosting total expenditures by 5 percent.
California job growth tops the national average, unemployment has fallen below double-digit levels for the first time in nearly four years, and voters in November approved a tax increase that closed most of the lingering budget gap.
Gosh, who'd a thunk it?
Raise taxes to realistic levels, and viola! no deficit.
Are you listening, all you Republicans who worship at the shrine of the Laffer curve?