Third Budget Vote Later this Week

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

State lawmakers will vote at the end of the week on the G.O.P plan.  It includes more cuts than proposed by the Governor and Democrats.  It does not include any tax increases.  Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata promised a floor vote on the measure. That’s even though G.O.P Leader Dave Cogdill acknowledges there isn’t enough support for it.  But he says it will help push negotiations forward. 

 “I’m not saying that our solution is the only solution, I think there are a number of different ways that you can balance this budget without raising taxes and we are more than willing to negotiate within those parameters.

The Governor’s spokesman Aaron McLear says Schwarzenegger wants a vote on his plan that would temporarily raise the sales tax. 

 “It doesn’t do borrowing, it doesn’t put off the problems ‘til next year, it doesn’t just simply raise taxes on the rich, that Republicans can’t go for that. He has the one plan that’s in the middle.”

The state budget is now in record territory for being the longest stalemate in the recent history of the legislature.  

The state Senate will be meeting every day until a budget is passed. That state Assembly will not meet in session until later this week- likely Thursday.