Since all this happens every year, only those persons whose lives are immediately being destroyed by state government dysfunction are paying any attention. A partial fix is in the works if we want it: Prop. 25, which will be on the November ballot. It would allow a budget to be passed by a majority, though still not allow taxes to be increased by majority vote. It's a start.
Here's an idea the State could implement right now to help bring the budget into balance from James Clark, field organizer for the ACLU of Southern California:
Besides the savings ... ending the death penalty is simply the right thing to do.