Analyst: Don't Expect Much Legislative Progress This Fall

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, September 18, 2009
Lawmakers are set to come back for special sessions on tax policy and education – and Governor Schwarzenegger’s also asking them to tackle unfinished business on prisons and water. But Jack Pitney isn’t holding out a lot of hope for major progress:
 “In early 21st century California, another name for pessimism is realism.”
Pitney is a Professor of Government at Claremont-McKenna College. He says lawmakers got a bit of a bad rap when they closed out the legislative session without a deal on water, and with only a partial prison plan. But Pitney says it isn’t all about the lawmakers themselves right now – it’s all about the state’s lack of money:

“Even with an entirely diff. legislature It’s hard to see how much more the body could have done. Without a good deal of money in the till, the state’s ability to carry out social policies or do just about anything else is severely limited.”
Pitney says he does believe, given the amount of time invested already, that some progress on expanding and stabilizing the state’s water supply is possible. He says tax reform is another story.