ON-TIME BUDGET NO SURE THING SNAGS COULD STILL THWART ARNOLD'S PLANS.Byline: Harrison Sheppard Sacramento Bureau
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈaloɪ̯s ˈʃvaɐ̯ʦənˌʔɛɡɐ] remains adamant that the Legislature pass the state's first on-time budget in 18 years, but, with little more than a week to go before the June 15 legal deadline, he faces tough battles on many fronts.
Schwarzenegger negotiated budget deals with constituency groups first, rather than legislators, offering them short-term pain for long-term promises of stability, in an effort to pressure Democratic legislators into accepting his proposals.
As legislators have pored over the budget line by line, they have made clear the governor still has to cut a deal with them.
``I think those agreements will be taken into account, but we'll have our own negotiations with the governor,'' said Sen. Wes Chesbro, D-Santa Rosa, chairman of the budget conference committee.
On higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. , in particular, Democrats are threatening to block some of Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts, which they say threaten to deny higher education to qualified students for the first time in decades.
Other areas of disagreement include his deal with local governments, cuts to health and human services Noun 1. Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Department of Health and Human Services, HHS and his plan to issue pension obligation bonds.
Some legislators have also talked about holding up the budget to pressure the governor on the issue of driver's licenses for immigrants, although that idea has lost momentum recently.
If legislators block the governor's higher education cuts, analysts said, some of his other compacts with constituency groups could be jeopardized.
``The compacts are a double-edged sword,'' said Barbara O'Connor Barbara O'Connor is an author and Senior Lecturer in the School of Communications at Dublin City University: Her field is media studies and cultural studies, specializing on the represemtation of women in television, and of the development of tourism in Ireland. , director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at California State University, Sacramento California State University, Sacramento, more commonly referred to as Sacramento State or Sac State, is a public university located in the city of Sacramento, California, USA. It is part of the California State University system. .
``You can pre-empt pre·empt or pre-empt
v. pre·empt·ed, pre·empt·ing, pre·empts
1. To appropriate, seize, or take for oneself before others. See Synonyms at appropriate.
a. a lot of lobbying if the compact holds. This (higher education) is the first one that's starting to unravel, and it's unraveling for a whole set of (reasons). But if he loses this one, the others are likely to unravel, too.''
The Legislature's constitutional deadline for passing a budget is June 15, and the governor's deadline for signing it is June 30. The last time the Legislature met its deadline was in 1986, and the last time the governor met his was in 2001.
Schwarzenegger has said he remains optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op the budget can be passed on time, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. administration officials.
But this year there may be additional consequences to a late budget, adding to the pressure on state officials, according to taxpayer advocates.
Last year, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association helped sponsor Proposition 13, the property tax-cutting initiative in California in 1978 which slashed property taxes by fifty-seven percent and initiated a national tax revolt. It was founded by California republican Howard Jarvis. won a California Supreme Court case which said that, if the budget is late, the state will have to restrict spending on most of its general-fund programs and pay its employees only the federally-mandated minimum wage.
That means a delay by the Legislature past June 30 without an interim spending plan could lead to a near-shutdown of state government, said Jarvis president Jon Coupal.
``The consequences of a budget stalemate are far more serious this year than they've ever been in previous years.''
While the Legislature's technical deadline is June 15, some lawmakers are looking more toward the end of the fiscal year.
``I think the real deadline is June 30,'' said Assemblyman as·sem·bly·man
A man who is a member of a legislative assembly.
pl -men a member of a legislative assembly
Noun 1. Darrell Steinberg Darrell S. Steinberg (born 15 October 1959) is a Democratic politician from Sacramento, California. He is currently serving his first term in the California State Senate. Steinberg represents the 6th District, which includes the capital city of Sacramento parts of Elk Grove and , D-Sacramento, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. ``That's the real deadline. I'm not going to make predictions. We're going to work hard at it, and approach it in good faith, do the best we can.''
However, H.D. Palmer, spokesman for Schwarzenegger's Department of Finance, said the governor believes the Legislature should act by June 15 as legally required.
Sen. Tom McClintock Thomas Miller "Tom" McClintock (born July 10, 1956 in White Plains, New York) is a California State Senator. He ran for Governor of California in the 2003 California recall election of Gray Davis and finished third out of 135 candidates with 13.5% of the overall vote. , R-Thousand Oaks, one of the state's most fiscally conservative legislators, said he thinks the state will perpetually have late budgets until there are fundamental changes, including restoration of a tough spending limit that was state law from 1979 to 1990 and restoring the governor's authority to make mid-year cuts.
``I've lost a lot of money over the years betting on when the Legislature is going to produce a budget,'' McClintock said. ``I think the prospects are better now than they have been in many years, but don't forget the Legislature hasn't met its constitutional deadline since 1986.''
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