The Senate will vote Tuesday on California’s budget deadlock. Californians should prepare themselves for the biggest lobby effort ever. Nobody will like this budget and we will hear from everyone when the details emerge. The best hope is everyone cancels out each other and a budget is passed.
The deal – a combination of cuts and tax hikes – is expected to be unveiled Monday, then put up for a vote Tuesday.
Whether there are enough Republican votes to make it fly, however, is unknown.
“Darrell has made it clear that there was no handshake agreement, and there may not be the votes,” said one Democratic state senator who was briefed on the plan, but asked not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the talks.
“They are close, and hopefully it will pass,” added a member of the governor’s staff. “But there are still some major issues to be worked out.”
The biggest stumbling block for Republicans – whose support is required for the necessary two-thirds passage – is voting for any tax increase.