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Will Budget Woes Bring Lawmakers Back to the Capitol?

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 12, 2011

If state budget projections aren't met this year, a series of spending cuts will be triggered-to education and social service programs.   Sacramento-based political consultant Leo McElroy says it's likely Governor Jerry Brown will call a special session late this year and bring lawmakers back to deal with the fall-out.

MCELROY:  "Calling a special session specifically directed to a specific subject or area of subjects is one way for him to express leadership and hold their noses to the grindstone at the same time…"

Some say coming back is a good idea… Republican Bob Huff is one of them.  But the vice-chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says he thinks it's unlikely.

HUFF:  "I think that it's probably going to be rolled into January, and then the legislature will deal with it after the Governor's January budget so it will be a lot like this year, when we kind of hit the ground running trying to patch up the existing budget at the same time looking forward to the next budget."

Democrat Mark Leno chairs the Senate Budget Committee.  He says it's still too soon to say if that will be necessary.

LENO: "I of course want to remain hopeful and positive but this economy is in great flux.  There's a lot of turbulence in the markets. Very little is certain at this time."

Senate G-O-P leader Bob Dutton has already asked the Governor to call a special session on jobs and tax reform.  He made the request  after Brown announced bi-partisan efforts aimed at tax changes. Mid-December is when the state Department of Finance makes the call about the state's revenue projections.

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