Factwalk: Future of Californiahttp://www.factwalk.com/future_of_californiaFacts, information and statistics on Future of California.California's population grew by 10 million, tax filers paying income taxes rose by just 150,000, Medicaid users grew by seven millionhttp://www.factwalk.com/1126California's rising standards of living and outstanding public schools and universities once attracted millions seeking upward economic mobility. But then something went radically wrong as California legislatures and governors built a welfare state on high tax rates, liberal entitlement benefits, and excessive regulation. The results, though predictable, are nonetheless striking. From the mid-1980s to 2005, California's population grew by 10 million, while Medicaid recipients soared by seven million; tax filers paying income taxes rose by just 150,000; and the prison population swelled by 115,000.2013-07-14 02:53:26Victor Davis Hanson: The Great California Land Rushhttp://www.factwalk.com/1159California is both more poorly managed than any time in its past, more divided between rich and poor, more fragmented by opportunistic ethnic identity politics, more impoverished by massive illegal immigration — and never more naturally wealthy. The other day I drove through the verdant Central Valley on Manning Avenue. Each acre I zoomed by is producing thousands of dollars in global profits. At I-5, I looked out at fracking country, before descending into the land of Facebook, Google, and Apple — all on mostly poor roads, with terrible drivers and third-world public rest stops, and now and then passing inferior schools.2013-07-15 02:40:1121% of US residents (60.6 million) speak a language other than English at home, 43.1% in Californiahttp://www.factwalk.com/1237According to the Census Bureau, of 291.5 million people aged 5 and over, 60.6 million people (21 percent of this population) speak a language other than English at home.2013-09-12 22:47:56Poor children are now the majority in American public schools in South and Westhttp://www.factwalk.com/1266A majority of students in public schools throughout the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades, according to a new study that details a demographic shift with broad implications for the country.2013-11-04 00:54:15Report: Poverty on the rise throughout Southern Californiahttp://www.factwalk.com/1344Poverty is ramping up in Southern California and has risen significantly over the last two decades, according to a report from the Southern California Association of Governments.2013-12-13 22:56:07Study: California's "prison realignment" has led to a higher crime ratehttp://www.factwalk.com/1355In 2011 in Brown v. Plata, a 5-4 Supreme Court majority reaffirmed a lower-court mandate that California cut its prison population to 137.5% of “design capacity,” defined as one inmate per cell, which in effect required the state to remove 46,000 criminals. The High Court agreed that the state was providing an unconstitutional level of health care and that the only effective remedy was to remove prisoners.2013-12-19 05:50:06California's New Feudalismhttp://www.factwalk.com/1384Instead of a land of opportunity, California has become increasingly feudal. According to recent census estimates, the state suffers some of the highest levels of inequality in the country. By some estimates, the state’s level of inequality compares with that of such global models as the Dominican Republic, Gambia, and the Republic of the Congo.2014-01-12 23:21:23