Talk Still Cheap in Sacramento

John Wildermuth
Journalist and Political Commentator

While legislative leaders and the governor all say that things now are moving along swimmingly in the state budget negotiations, talk continues to be about the only cheap thing available in Sacramento these days.

Going into the holiday weekend, Democrats and Republicans were promising to meet non-stop with the governor to get a quick deal to eliminate the state’s $26.3 billion budget deficit and ease California’s financial troubles.

“In my mind we’re making significant progress,’’ Democrat state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg told reporters after promising that tax increases are now off the table.

Things are moving so quickly, said GOP Assembly leader Sam Blakeslee, that it’s even money that “we’ll find a solution that is acceptable to all parties within a week.’’

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