Budget Deal Falls Through Again

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Things change quickly at the Capitol.  This was Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez around 5 p.m. Monday after meeting with legislative leaders and the Governor.  He seemed sure there was a deal:

 “We’re all going to be holding hands again, and the light that just you know, came down upon us, we looked and we saw what it was and it was post-partisanship.”

And this was the Speaker around 10:45 p.m., after both houses adjourned for the night without voting on a budget.

 “I think the fun and games are over and my hope is we get it done tomorrow. “

Early in the day Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman indicated a deal was near, but said it wasn’t final.  The G-O-P wants transportation bond money to be protected from greenhouse gas emission lawsuits.  The Governor has also agreed to veto 700 million dollars from the spending plan to appease Senate Republicans. 
Senate floor session is scheduled again for this morning at 11:00.  The state budget is now 52 days late.