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September 15, 2008

The Press Is Fogging The Reason For The Budget Stalemate

-- by Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Speak Out California

Friday morning's San Francisco Chronicle story, Legislature's approval rating at a record low, illustrates why California's budget impasse continues. From the article,

"Democrats and the minority Republicans have hunkered down, with neither side willing to make the compromises needed to put together a budget plan that can garner the required two-thirds support."
The budget problem is that reporting like this keeps the public from understanding what is happening in Sacramento.

Here is what is happening with the budget:


  • The Democrats have offered plan after plan, accepting deep budget cuts, some borrowing and offering various ways to raise revenue.

  • The Governor has offered a plan, with deep budget cuts, borrowing, and a temporarysales tax increase.

  • The Republicans have refused to compromise, refusing any budget that raises any revenue at all, not even asking the extremely wealthy to pay the same sales taxes that the rest of us have to pay.

It is just that simple. The Republicans have been blocking the budget and they are getting away with it because the press refuses to report that the Republicans are blocking the budget. If the press reported this simple fact public pressure would build and the Republicans would have to yield.

Update - A comment on the possible budget "compromise": It just kicks the can down the road by delaying dealing with our problems. It doesn't fix anything, and cuts essential services from the people who need government most. In fact it just makes it much, much harder to solve the problem in the next budget because it steals revenue from next year.

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Posted by Dave Johnson at September 15, 2008 10:33 AM


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