Busy Budget Time For Some State Workers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Governor Schwarzenegger will unveil his budget proposal January 10th. And while HD Palmer with the Department of Finance says the big spending decisions have all been made – there’s a lot of paper-work to be done: “It’s a lot of writing, it’s a lot of proof-reading, it’s a lot of cross-checking, it’s a lot of triple-checking numbers.” Palmer says they’re preparing the documents explaining the Governor’s budget decisions. And they have pretty rigid deadlines: “It’s a very detailed and time sensitive schedule and it’s always something that puts a little bit of gray in your hair, but we always make it and we’ll make it again this year.” The state is facing a 14 billion dollar budget deficit, and Governor Schwarzenegger has said he’ll call a fiscal emergency next month. That will trigger a special session of the state legislature.