The reaction from many lawmakers is they’re glad to have the budget done, but some, including Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata, were only lukewarm.
“My dad was quite a horse player… When he’d get back from the track, I’d say ‘how’d it go?’ and he’d say ‘I had a great day—I broke even’. That’s pretty much how I feel about this budget.”
Perata expressed his disappointment that the budget did not include more spending for education. Other Democrats lamented that cost of living increases for some welfare recipients have been suspended.
But Assembly Republican leader Kevin McCarthy says the budget points the state in the right direction.
“You’ve gotta put it into perspective. You talk about compassion. A bankrupt California cannot have compassion to anyone.”
The spending plan attracted far more than the minimum number of GOP votes needed for a two-thirds majority. Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the budget bill early next week.