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Budget Will Be Latest Passed in California History

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

In 2008 the budget was passed on September 16th. But, if you ask Alicia Trost in Democratic Senate Leader Darrel Steinberg's office - that was easy compared to this year's budget stalemate.

"When you compare what we're facing this year to what we were facing in 2008 it's like night and day. In 2008 we weren't facing elimination of key programs that are going to help our economy going forward."

Trost says they had a lot more options two years ago- most involved one-time accounting tricks that can't be used again. This year, the Democrats are resisting deeper cuts to education and social welfare programs. Meanwhile, Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick says the Republicans won't accept tax hikes. 

"Democrats are acting irresponsible and not stepping forward or not stepping up to the plate and making the necessary reductions considering the unemployment situation and the less revenue that we have."

Both parties say they would like to see a budget passed as soon as possible. Talks had slowed while Governor Schwarzenegger was out of the country on a trade mission to Asia. Now that he's back, discussions are expected to resume. The budget is now almost 80 days late.
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