On the 1st.
You know, like my tenant, and Tom, and all.
California legislature approves budget bill
By JUDY LIN, Associated Press Writer Judy Lin, Associated Press Writer (here)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California legislature passed a
long-awaited budget early Thursday after an epic battle that involved
several all-night sessions, sending the governor a package of bills
that raise taxes and cut spending to help close a $42 billion deficit.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger,
a Republican, praised the bill, passed by the Democratic-controlled
Senate and Assembly. He came out of his office after the budget vote
and disconnected a large deficit clock counting the number of days —
106 as of Thursday — that the Legislature had failed to act since he declared a special session to deal with the state's fiscal problems.
"I'm absolutely delighted about the budget passing," Schwarzenegger said outside his office.
budget deal flew through the Assembly less than an hour after it won
approval by a single vote in the Senate after late-night horse trading
to win over a final Republican vote. The vote marked the end of the
Senate's longest session at 45.5 hours.
The real question, of course, is the "horse-trading."
What did the citizens of California have to hand over to these dinosaurs in order to get that one last vote.
And can we vote enough of these jerks out of office to keep from having to do it again?
(Or maybe dump this 2/3 vote on budgets garbage? Huh?)