California Lawmakers Speculate Next Move Following Brown’s Budget Veto

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Thanks to Governor Brown’s unexpected veto on Thursday, California still does not have a budget and state lawmakers are scratching their heads about what to do next.

The legislature without Republicans managed to pass a spending plan this week that would begin July 1st. Brown said it was full of gimmicks, not realistic, and vetoed it. Now the legislature is back to square one, but it isn’t clear what their next move will be.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said the next moves may be up to the governor and the GOP.

“You get the Republicans, but you’re not going to get the Democrats, because we’ve cut as much as we can,” said Ammiano Sunday in an interview that aired on CBS 5. He added that there should be more honest communication than there has been in the past.

Another wild card factoring into the budget veto aftermath is State Controller John Chiang. Under a ballot proposition, the legislature has to pass a budget by mid June or they don’t get paid. Chiang is now trying to determine if the budget passed last week was balanced.

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