Aloha!Ã‚Â I’m back from a week in Oahu with the family and a quick read of the papers tell me there is still no freakin’ state budget.Ã‚Â The LA Times George Sketon reports that Abel Maldonado was the lone Republican supporting the Assembly’s budget resolution, so I’m sure that the Conservative Republican Mafia will be out for his blood come the next election cycle.
Writes Skelton: The Assembly-passed budget is a Republican budget. It hits society’s most vulnerable. It cuts funds for inner-city transit. It reduces the budget deficit to $700 million — half of what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had proposed in May — and the governor has promised to whittle that down to zero with line-item vetoes. The budget sets aside a record $3.6-billion reserve. And there’s no tax increase.
This extended drawn out affair, with cheerleading from the conservative blogs, shows the weakness of the Governor in dealing with members of his own party.Ã‚Â If the Governor has aspirations of replacing either of California’s US Senators after he is termed out, he should flex his muscles and start twisting some arms on the Senate Republican caucus.Ã‚Â
The reality is 82 of California’s 120 elected officials are behind the new proposed budget.Ã‚Â We are one vote away from enacting it.Ã‚Â I can only hope that those voters most affected by the delay on the budget take it out on Republicans in the House and Senate in 2008.Ã‚Â
Since the Republican blogs keep encouraging solidarity for the Republican caucus, let me wish the Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate stick to their guns on the Assembly-backed budget resolution.Ã‚Â The Governor can trim additional programs, but the Republicans who all worked so hard to re-elect the Governor no longer trust him. What can you expect from the politicians who place party before people?