CA Budget

What Is It Worth?

The recent rush to put a California budget in place before the deadline suspended legislators’ salaries filled newspapers with numbers—amounts cut from programs, shortfalls, increases in tuition and car registration. Sometimes we forget what’s behind these numbers. What do dollar values mean in terms of a person’s life, their welfare, their happiness? It’s easy for insurance actuaries. They can tell you how much a life is worth from now until the time of death. But when you work with people as they get older, when they begin to open up the portals onto the landscape of their lives, you realize that it’s much bigger than that, much richer. The value […]