Sessions Scheduled But No Deal Yet on State Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Legislative leaders have been meeting almost daily with the Governor… They’re tackling an immediate shortfall of more than 11 billion dollars.  The State Legislative Analyst has said that could grow to 28 billion in the next twenty months.  Lawmakers who emerged from the most recent meeting with the Governor were tight lipped about their progress.  Senate Republican Leader Dave Cogdill: “I think it’s good that we’re all still talking and trying to find our way through this thing and I’m confident that we will…”

Democrat Darrell Steinberg is the incoming head of the state Senate.  He says the more they can get done on the problem now will help with the budget struggle next year.

“I think there is a common agreement and recognition that we are much better off if we make as big a dent- as large a dent in this problem as possible.”

As leaders have been talking several lawmakers have been traveling abroad to India and China. But Steinberg says they’ll be back when it’s time to vote.   The current session ends in less than two weeks.