Yes California, our Legislature has passed a budget on time for only the second time in about 25 years. I had a feeling that getting the State Budget passed with a majority only vote might cause some hard feelings. I didn’t think the feelings broken would lead to a fight on the Assembly floor.
Governor Jerry Brown announced on Tuesday that he has terminated his negotiations with Republicans in the state legislature over a budget plan. Brown pointed out that while he had proposed drastic cuts to address half of the budget deficit, the Republicans refused to budge on tax cuts for corporations that ship jobs out of California and a special election in June where voters would be asked to extend existing tax increases.
I say pretzel because the convoluted, twisted logic they use in their editorial makes a pretzel look like a straight line. In their Editorial “Make the ‘right to vote’ on taxes a two-way street” the Register argues; “Mr. Brown says voters have a right to be asked to increase taxes five years by extending 2009’s…
â€œThis budget means hundreds of thousands of teachers, cops, firefighters, child care providers, health care workers and private business owners will keep working and contributing to our economic recovery,â€ PÃ©rez said. â€œWe maintain education funding because a well-educated workforce is essential to Californiaâ€™s future prosperity. We set aside $30 million to help small businesses grow and thrive by freeing up access to the capital that will help them expand and hire new employees. We protect public safety and we reject economically hurtful tax increases on Californiaâ€™s working families.â€
Assembly Speaker John A. PÃ©rez (D-Los Angeles) issued a statement this afternoon regarding budget progress claiming â€œI believe we have reached a framework for a potential agreement. We will continue to work throughout the weekend to iron out the details.â€
Once again, the state legislature is showing just how out-of-touch it is with the priorities of millions of California families. In an effort to pay their bills, state lawmakers have decided to withhold billions of dollars in funding for teachers and students. Given the severity and potential impact of these cuts, you would think Californiaâ€™s legislators would redouble their efforts to find another solution. Instead, they are preparing to adjourn at the end of August â€“ without a solvent budget.