They embraced the computer revolution. California has built many failed computer networks. There was a big one some years back that cost between $100 million and $200 million that was scrapped before going online because it didn't work. There are a large number of bureaucrats who order the creation of useless computer generated reports, which in turn require an army of people to maintain. There are clerks whose sole job is to check that reports run each day, and rerun them if needed. I know someone like that, probably puts in 2 hours of honest work in a week.
Different teams of people are needed for installing fiber cable, copper cable, for asbestos abatement whenever cables are run, etc. Then it's all redone. Lots of make-work "jobs".
There are a large number of bureaucrats who order the creation of useless computer generated reports, which in turn require an army of people to maintain.
If and when job cuts come- because tax increases are unpopular, those jobs are undoubtably safe.
Any job cuts will have to come from the ranks of the police, or prison guards - or some other area which will inconvenience or endanger the public sufficiently that they will come around to accepting tax increases.
I think one of the worst things about computers is that they have resulted in the generation of mountains of totally useless information. When I think of the place I worked last it still makes me shake my head. The management sat and read reports that were misleading at best and totally useless at worst and made decisions based on those reports while they steadfastly refused to listen to reasoned advice from people who actually knew what was going on.
For some reason the place closed down late last year, seems they were losing money or something like that.