Surplus of money with liberal Democrats (and Jerry Brown) in charge,while all the fiscally conservative states are in trouble.
LOL! I think even Speaker Perez, being a super liberal Dem, was shocked with the fact they created a surplus. Go California!
"Fiscal conservative" is such a misleading term. Jerry Brown is the true fiscal conservative.
So much so that most of the young California liberals hate him for it.
I wouldn't go that far, everyone is happy with how the state has rebounded, people just wish he was more aggressively liberal on issues like recreational marijuana and pumping the surplus money straight to schools and higher education rather than a rainy day fund.
Why shouldn't there be a rainy day fund?
There should be a rainy day fund.
Special interests (teachers, construction, prisons, etc) are just putting immense pressure to get their legislators to spend the surplus money instead of putting it away.
If I'm Jerry Brown, every dime of that surplus is going to pay down the wall of debt they owe. The $3 billion surplus now is going to be p!ss in the ocean when the economy turns downward again and goes in just 12 months from a budget surplus to a $36 billion shortfall like it did when Davis was governor and the dot-com bubble burst.
Obviously, you should tell her gently that you aren't interested. Be nice about it; tell her that you hope it won't affect your friendship etc. and bring her an iced coffee or something. Then, most likely, she'll still be open to the idea if you did want to upgrade your relationship in the future.
Although, I suspect this is more whatever you call the asking-for-advice equivalent of a humblebrag. It's probably those whom you've succeeded in impressing with it who are in more need of advice.