California Budget Standoff: GOP Won’t Budge

Capitol lockdown and all-nighters can’t shake loose the one GOP Senate vote needed to pass the spending plan. Weary Democrats will try again this morning.
By Jordan Rau and Eric Bailey
Los Angeles Times
February 16, 2009
Reporting from Sacramento — Ending a weekend marathon of tense negotiations, bleary-eyed state lawmakers late Sunday suspended their bid to plug California’s $41-billion deficit but vowed to continue working today to halt the state’s dizzying slide toward financial collapse.

Despite support from legislative leaders in both parties, the budget deal became mired in politics. The two-day hunt for a third Republican in the state Senate willing to vote for $14.4 billion in temporary tax increases proved futile. Lawmakers and staff said there were enough GOP votes in the Assembly for passage in that house.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-m
e-budget16-2009feb16,0,1064574.story

Waiting 

WAITING: Assemblymen Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate), left, and Bill Monning (D-Monterey), right, sleep at their desks during the Capitol lockdown Sunday. Photo:
Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press

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