Thursday, June 23, 2011
California budget negotiations appear to be on thin ice once again with the new fiscal year now just a week away.
Senate Republicans held a news conference in front of the governor’s office today. Sen. Tom Berryhill said fellow Republicans are willing to allow an election on taxes as long as voters can weigh in on reform proposals as well.
“We’ve got more than enough votes to put this thing on the ballot in September with regulatory, with pension and with a spending cap," Berryhill said.
But Republicans say they won’t support extending the expiring taxes until the special election and that’s infuriating Democrats. Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says his Democratic party supports the ideas proposed by Republicans.
"But not in isolation, without the resources to avoid deeper cuts to education and public safety," Steinberg said.
Gov. Jerry Brown is still holding out hope for a budget deal and continues to speak with Republicans.