California Budget Vote Tuesday

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.

Buckle your seat belts – the ride is about to get wild in Sacramento, with state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg planning to put a $42 billion budget deal up for a vote.

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.

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9 Responses to “California Budget Vote Tuesday”


  1. 1 Sherri Brown Econ t/Th February 8, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    hopefully we dont get a tax increase its already expensive enough from the goverment taking taxes from our checks. California is already in debt maybe setting a budget will help california to manage or money better so our economy can survive this depression we are all going through.So hpoefully this does pass and take care of some of our probelms.

  2. 2 LK Economics February 8, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    If they pass a tax hike on Tuesday it will make buyers hesitant to purchase items. What are these politicians thinking? People want incentives to purchase more not the other way around. What other programs can they cut? Why do they always take money from our schools? Maybe someone should speak with the military on budgets they seem to stick to budgets for the most part. Being from a military family and traveling from base to base we had the bare minimum. Not everything was plush but you had the necessities to do your job. Maybe these polititians need a little assistance on what to cut.

  3. 3 Samantha Madnick February 9, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Hopefully this budget works. I hope it can pass. And we can get through the crisis.

  4. 4 Rafael Barrera February 9, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    LK Economics. You are right on the money. Politicians need to know how its like to live with the bare minimums of life. Then maybe they can think of a better budget.

  5. 5 woltmon February 9, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    I would love for some hope!! This budget would help out alot, and give alot of people hope. Lets pray it passes!

  6. 6 bhumika February 10, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    this needs to work out for california. I dont no what holds cali’s future.

  7. 7 michael Huddleston February 10, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    I hope they decide on something. The longer they go without addressing the issue the harder it will be to fix it. I almost think anything would be better than nothing at this point.

  8. 8 Wiloni Robertson February 11, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Its about time!!! This budget situation is a win-lose situation. There are going to be changes you like and some changes you don’t. But whatever the case may be we have already hit the worse. So hopefully we’ll get more good than bad out of the deal.

  9. 9 janeth f. February 11, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    I think this budget deal is a good idea. If the government needs to raise taxes then I think they should. Yea it’s going to hurt some people but it might end up benefiting everyone in the end. If they raise taxes that means they might not have to cut so many programs. Some people will be totally against this because of the tax raise and they should be. Some lower income families might not be able to make it with a tax cut but I think it has to be done. Lower income families probably won’t get a big tax cut like high income families and that’s how it should be.


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