Springtime is a busy season for state lawmakers—committee hearings get into full swing, and the revised budget and subsequent negotiations are around the corner. This year they’ve also been challenged by Governor Schwarzenegger, to come up with compromises on four policy proposals or leave it up to the voters in a special election later this year. Tim Hodson, with the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University says something can be done.
“I suspect that they could come to an agreement on a teacher tenure measure and a redistricting reform measure in the time it takes to smoke a good cigar, if the willingness is there.”
What may be more difficult to achieve are changes to state employee pension plans and across-the-board budget cuts sought by the Governor. Schwarzenegger has already campaigned for initiative signatures, which for a fall election, would have to be turned in for verification by mid-to-late April.