September Arrives, Still No Budget
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCBS)_ For only the second time in 34 years, state lawmakers have reached September without passing a budget.KCBS reports there is little indication that Democrats and Republicans are ready to compromise.
If it gets past September 16th the California State Legislature will have a new tardy date for passing a state budget. Political consultant Leo McElroy says the two sides have reached an ideological impasse.
“It’s basically partisanship. Both parties are responding to their pressure groups,” said McElroy.
Republicans say they will not back any new taxes while Democrats have proposed three major tax ideas. Republicans want to slash social programs; Democrats want to preserve welfare to work and in-home care for the disabled and elderly. So political consultant Leo Mcelroy says the impasse remains.
“It’s scary. A decline of sense of responsibility is absolutely incredible. The governor is going to probably have to break his pledge that he will not sign a budget, even if one is enacted, unless it also contains pension reform and a mandatory spending limit,” added McElroy.
McElroy believes the governor is going to have to bend as the question remains, when will California have a budget?