The state of California has agreed to pay the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) $950,000 in legal fees related to arguing Brown v. EMA before the U.S. Supreme Court. When combined with reimbursements for the 2008 case (which the state already paid), the grand total that California paid the ESA comes to $1,327,000.
Citizens in California, living in a state that is deeply in debt, have one more reason to be angry with lawmakers in Sacramento including Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), current Governor Jerry Brown (Democrat) and former Governor Schwarzenegger (Republican).
"Senator Yee and Governor Schwarzenegger wasted more than $1 million in taxpayer funds at a time when Californians could ill afford it," said Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA. "However we feel strongly that some of these funds should be used to improve services for California's youth."
The ESA said that it plans to donate some of the money to "develop after-school educational programs for underserved communities in Oakland and Sacramento."
Given the budget shortfalls in cities and states across the country, lawmakers should focus their energy on something they can win at. The fight against video games is not one of those endeavors.