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Thursday, 26 July 2007 00:41

State Budget 25 Days Overdue and Tension Mounts Among Parties

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slide42The California Democratic Senate Leader, Don Perata, yesterday blasted Republicans in the state senate, calling their handling of the stalled state budget "fiscal terrorism." With the budget now 25 days overdue, Senate Republicans Wednesday released a new set of proposed spending reductions, including calling for cuts to welfare programs and the elimination of 6,000 vacant state worker positions. "We need to reign in spending and I think the people of California understand that," said Senate GOP leader Dick Ackerman, R-Tustin. But Democrats blasted the proposed cuts, quickly adjourning the morning's Senate session after just 10 minutes. “Let's face it, a handful of right wing Republicans are holding up the state budget," said Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata, D-Oakland. "As far as I'm concerned, they're going to continue to hold up the state budget because I'm not going to capitulate to this kind of terrorism," Perata said. Perata said he adjourned the Senate until Thursday morning, to give Democrats more time to study the GOP plan. The state Assembly passed a $145 billion spending plan last week with bi-partisan support, but Senate Democrats have been unable to get the two Republican votes needed to pass it in the upper house.
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