It's a close call, says UC Berkeley Political Science Professor Bruce Cain. He's based in Washington but studies the federal and state governments.
Cain: "I think, still, California noses out the Washington scene, but that gap gets narrower and narrower with every passing hour."
Cain says an all-cuts budget in California would have a far greater impact than the proposed federal cuts, which make up only a fraction of the overall budget. And while the feds can keep borrowing money, the state must approve a balanced budget. But Cain says the politics of the two debates are nearly identical.
Cain: "Sometimes I feel like you get the whole crisis in stereo. If you listen, you hear the same sounds coming from Washington that you have in California."
And from a political perspective, he says, the question of which is worse ends in a tie.
Meantime, California's Department of Finance says the state probably wouldn't feel much impact from a federal government shutdown, as long as it stays relatively brief.