After an All-Nighter, Still No Love in Sacto for CA Budget
It was a rough Valentine's night for California's lawmakers, as they worked until the wee hours trying to resolve our budget. But in the early morning hours today it became apparent that the budget was not going to get the one last Republican vote it needed, and it has stalled. Things were pretty tense in the Capitol. "Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, a Democrat, locked down her chamber about 3:30 a.m., forcing lawmakers to remain," reports abc7.com. There was lots of talk, and "floor sessions remained in effect in both houses, though senators were allowed to retreat to the relative comfort of their personal offices," explains the Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert blog.
But despite all the hammering out and arm-twisting, all but one Republican said "no" and now even Dems are having doubts: "Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, also a Democrat, said the Senate deadlock was causing some in the Assembly to have second thoughts about the unpopular plan." The lockdown continues, and the mood is less than jubilant, per KQED's Capitol Notes' 7 a.m. Twitter: "Assembly lockdown goes on...the pols look weary. (So do we.)"