Last night, while preparing dinner, I caught out of the corner of my eye, the scroll on the bottom of the screen on FoxNews, reporting that outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was calling a special session of the legislature to deal with a $6 billion dollar projected deficit. I had read it was $19 billion.
Later in the evening, when checking the blogs, I read that “News came out today that the California budget deficit is actually closer to $25 billion, twice what we are told.” A google search offered this explanation on Bloombergeme BusinessWeek:
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, citing a $25.4 billion budget gap over the next 19 months, declared a fiscal emergency and called lawmakers to a special session next month to begin dealing with the problem.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican whose term ends in January, late yesterday ordered the session to start Dec. 6, the day newly elected legislators are sworn in. He wants to take steps to erase an officially estimated $6.1 billion gap that has already emerged in the budget enacted last month.
In addition to the gap forecast for the fiscal year through June, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office yesterday projected a $19 billion gap in the following 12 months.
Whatever the real budget gap, with the election of Democratic Governor as well as the retention of an unpopular Democratic legislature, the voters in California have spoken: they don’t want Republicans to fix this problem.
Now, thanks to the passage of Prop. 25, they need not worry: Democrats in Sacramento don’t need Republicans to pass a budget. It’s their problem now. But, somehow, I don’t think that’ll stop them from blaming Republicans. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And California Democrats do always find a way to blame the opposing party. Only this time, they’re going to have a tougher time convincing the citizens of the Golden State.
But, then again, those folks just reelected a failed Governor and a failed Senator.