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Post-Veto Budget Impasse: What's Next?

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 20, 2011

If you ask Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, he's decisive about whose move it is:

Steinberg:"The next step is the Governor's."

But Republicans, like Senator Tony Strickland, have a different answer:

Strickland: "Well, I think it's in the legislative Democrats' court."

Strickland says it's up to Democrats to accept Republican proposals on a spending limit and pensions:

Srickland: "They know what the demands are of those Republicans who are willing to put that tax question before the voters and it's really up to them." 

But Democrats say Republicans are blocking the deal with their refusal to vote for the temporary tax increases proposed by Governor Brown.  And many Democrats are frustrated with Brown for vetoing their majority-vote budget plan. The Governor says he's working to get GOP votes for his proposal, and sees more cuts as the alternative to taxes.  The deadline to have a budget signed into law is June 30th. 
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