The spending plan was defeated on a party-line vote – with one Democrat abstaining and all Republicans voting against it. The proposal was very similar to Governor Schwarzenegger’s latest budget plan. It included a temporary one-cent sales tax hike….but no future cut. The plan also increased the size of the state’s rainy day fund. GOP Senate Leader Dave Cogdill:
“We’re pleased that after 60 days we finally had a budget brought up on the floor and got to take a vote show very strongly that Republicans do not support raising taxes at this crucial time in our economy.”
Clearly frustrated, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata challenged Republicans to come up with their own plan.
“This is serious work. It requires serious people. So I welcome you. Suit up, get in the game. And when you’re ready to play, we’ll be ready to play with you.”
Republicans say they’ll have a plan ready quickly. Lawmakers have been at an impasse for two months over how to fill a 15 billion dollar budget gap.