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.
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