California Senate Passes Budget Plan

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 24, 2009

The State Senate has approved a 25 billion dollar plan to balance California’s budget.  The upper house voted on the more than 30 bills throughout the night and wrapped things up this morning just after 6.


The Assembly is still voting on the plan, which is heavy on cuts to schools, prisons and health and welfare programs. 


After the vote, Senate Democratic Leader Darrell Steinberg asked lawmakers to look ahead to issues other than the budget:

“We can build a positive agenda for this state.  We can find common ground more often than not.  Let’s do it.  Let’s come back after a bit of a rest and let’s do it. Let’s turn this place around.”


Steinberg also says he realizes the state’s economy may not have hit bottom yet – and that lawmakers may have to come back to tackle another deficit in several months. 


Republicans say they’re looking forward to coming back to tackle issues such as prison reform next month.