"But with a 30 percent drop-out rate, low college attendance rates, some of the most restrictive Medicaid eligibility, and a massive backlog in transportation projects, that simply is not the case."
But when has spending $$$ translated directly into fixing these issues? How much of the issue of drop-outs and college attendance is due to that it's likely 18-25% of the state's population are foreign born? Nothing against that but we know those demographics, especially the ones from Mexico and Central America tend to have little education and that has an affect on their children.
As for the transportation backlog, we could solve that with more private-public partnerships. No need to assume that the taxpayers should be coughing up the cash up front