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.

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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?


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