“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:
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 â€“ 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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