SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Five California
Republican state senators who had been negotiating budget
policies with Democratic Governor Jerry Brown Monday
declared an impasse.
Separately Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway cast
doubt on whether a budget vote would meet Brown's schedule.
"No," she said when asked by Reuters if she could see
lawmakers voting on a budget plan later this week.
Brown, a Democrat, wants both chambers of the Democrat-led
legislature to vote on his budget plan by Thursday. That would
allow a special election in June, essentially creating a voter
referendum on the plan.
A spokesman for Brown responded that decades of contention
could not be solved in a week.
"The governor is asking these legislators to let the people
vote, but they are demanding that every item on the Republican
laundry list be checked off first," Gil Duran responded by
Brown has proposed closing a state budget gap of more than
$25 billion by roughly equal parts spending cuts and tax
increases and has said if the tax increases fail he will
propose $25 billion in cuts.
Revenue from the tax increases requires a special election
in June to ask voters to approve extending tax hikes expiring
The five Republican senators who had been in talks with the
governor said in an open letter Monday that proposals they
had made in negotiations had been either rejected or so pared
that they would have no effect on state spending.
"We have therefore concluded that you are unable to compel
other stakeholders to accept real reform," they said in the
letter. The letter is available at
(Reporting by Jim Christie in Sacramento, California, editing
by Carol Bishopric)
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