California Lawmakers Go Back To Work With More of the Same

Saskal, Rich
December 2004
Bond Buyer;12/10/2004, Vol. 350 Issue 32027, p1
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The article focuses on California lawmakers's efforts to resolve the state's intractable budget woes. Partisan stasis is the desired result of a redistricting scheme lawmakers approved after the 2000 Census. The district maps that ensued essentially locked Democrats into a majority position while protecting Republican incumbents. Both parties signed off on the deal. The proposal must somehow finesse the state's structural budget deficit which is estimated at about $7 billion for 2006, the Republican governor's spending promises to several interest groups, his reluctance to support tax increases and the requirement that budgets be approved with a two-thirds majority.


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