Democratic legislative leaders say there’s some talking going on. Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg:
“The Assembly and the Senate, specifically the Democrats, are having very positive conversations. We’re also having positive conversations with Senate Republicans.”
But some Republicans are frustrated with the process and with Democrats. Seth Unger is the spokesman for Assembly G.O.P. Leader Martin Garrick.
“So far, there haven’t been serious negotiations. The Senate and Assembly Democrats can’t even seem to agree on a plan. They are still far apart with each other on where we should be on a budget.”
Right now, there are three budget plans on the table: The Governor’s revised proposal, and one each from Senate and Assembly Democrats. Unger says Assembly Republicans support the Governor’s plan. Schwarzenegger has said a final budget must have pension reform. He says he will not support new taxes or borrowing to solve the 19-billion dollar budget gap. Democrats have included both in their plans. All of that adds up to a long hot summer at the state Capitol as no one expects resolution any time soon.