Wednesday, July 22, 2009

State Budget Deal In Doubt

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 7:18 AM

One day after state political leaders finally reached a budget compromise, the deal was in doubt as Republicans threatened to block it and local governments vowed to sue. According to the Chron, Republican legislators are angry that the budget deal may result in the early release of up to 27,000 non-violent prison inmates, and local governments are upset about the state taking $4 billion of city and county revenue to fix its $26.3 billion fiscal mess.

According to the Trib, Alameda County stands to lose about $84 million in the next two years. The county just solved its own $178 budget deficit. Yesterday, the county Board of Supervisors voted to back a plan to sue the state over the budget deal. But that may be unnecessary if Republicans revolt and vote against the compromise.

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