Legislature rejects budget cuts. Republicans say they are not deep enough.

Senator Mimi Walters

Senator Mimi Walters

“The cuts don’t go deep enough,” said Orange County Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel. “It doesn’t solve the problem.”

This just in from the Orange County Register:

Legislature rejects core of Democrats’ budget plan

By BRIAN JOSEPH
The Orange County Register

SACRAMENTO Despite warnings that the state is on the verge of issuing IOUs, California’s latest budget impasse continued Wednesday as lawmakers rejected a cornerstone of the Democrats’ plan to fix the projected $24.3 billion deficit.

Up for vote Wednesday was $11 billion in proposed budget cuts – just one component of a Democratic package that spans about 19 bills and includes tax increases. No Republicans supported the cuts and even three Democrats opposed them, including Orange County State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana.

A fourth Democrat, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Antioch, abstained from voting, along with Assemblyman Juan Arambula of Fresno, a former Democrat who recently became an independent because of his frustration with the Democrats’ handling of the budget.

Of Orange County’s 14 state lawmakers, only two voted for the proposal, Democratic Assemblymen Jose Solorio of Santa Ana and Tony Mendoza of Artesia.

Democrats said it was shameful for Republicans to reject the cuts when it’s the GOP that’s always calling for smaller government.

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  1 comment for “Legislature rejects budget cuts. Republicans say they are not deep enough.

  1. anonymous
    June 25, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Lou Correa is obviously more interested in being re-elected than our education, our healthcare, and our jobs.

    We need to let him know that our future is more important than his career in politics. Call him at 714.558.4400 and 916.651.4034 and tell him to stop being selfish and vote yes on the budget!

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