What Budget Deadline?

Katy Grimes: With the Assembly budget deadline tomorrow, members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) took nearly one hour during today’s floor session to honor members of the LGBT community, including having a musical performance by an openly gay musician. The acoustic guitar was beautiful, but the time for actual state business slipped away.

Last week Senators Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, and Mark Leno, D-San Francisco presented SR 44 on the Senate floor during session, proclaiming June as LGBT Pride Month.

Being gay or straight is not the issue at hand but rather, with a state in dire financial crisis, the time spent on anything other than the budget crisis demonstrates a blatant disregard by California’s elected officials to stay focused on the important business. Most people would prefer the legislature to stop horsing around, deflecting and wasting precious time on social issues, and take the budget seriously.

June 15th is the constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass a budget. The end of the fiscal year is June 30th.

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, said last week that the deadline is probably going to pass without a budget.

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  1. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 14 June, 2010, 16:02

    What a laugh. Katy condemns the Assembly for not taking the budget seriously. But who is it that refuses to compromise, refuses to work with the other side, refuses to consider any revenue increases, and refuses to end the gridlock? What sense does it make to put forward budget proposals when the Republicans will just veto them. Better to spend time on something that at least has some chance of succeeding.

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  2. John Seiler
    John Seiler 14 June, 2010, 19:00

    Right, StevefromSacto. Last year, the Legislature, including 6 Republicans, raised our taxes $13 billion to ensure that the budget was balanced and we never would have a deficit again. Now here we are with another $19 billion deficit.

    We’d all be better off if the whole Democratic Caucus in the Legislature, along with the six Republicans, dressed in drag and every day marched around the Capitol playing guitars and lutes to Grateful Dead tunes and never, ever passed a budget again.

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  3. StevefromSacto
    StevefromSacto 15 June, 2010, 16:06

    I’d love that, John. If the Republicans won’t agree to find new revenue (like a tax on oil production) and would rather protect BP, let’s not pass a budget and let’s shut down the state. We will see how long it will take for their constituents to rise up in anger when their colleges close, roads fall into disrepair, etc.

    Newt Gingrich tried that crap at the federal level in 1995 when he threatened to shut down the government unless President Clinton met his demands. Clinton told him to shove it. The government was closed for two days until the Republicans caved. Bet the same thing would happen here.

    Also, listening to Grateful Dead tunes on the lute might be worth it.

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