The Assembly finally managed to get a budget through, although it’s over a billion dollars short of “balanced”. They’re still doing the property tax borrowing, but the proposal to take away gas tax failed! They also scrapped an insane proposal that would allow redevelopment agencies to extend their life by 40 years with no findings of blight. More on all this when I get a real blog about the whole thing up hopefully tomorrow, but this is a huge relief for Oakland, which would have been left basically without any money for roads at all if it had passed.
That’s only a small piece of good news, of course – the budget is horrible for Oakland and Oaklanders for many reasons. But at this point, we have to be grateful for small blessings.
As articles about the final deal start getting posted, I’ll update this post with links to them.
- Sacramento Bee: Lawmakers approve budget fixes after marathon
- Orange County Progressive: Budget Wrap-up
- Calitics: Drilling defeated, HUTA gas tax raid goes down: what now?
- ABC News10: Schwarzenegger Says Budget Tough but Necessary
- San Jose Mercury News: Legislature passes budget deal that doesn’t quite close the gap
- The Education Report: California lawmakers pass budget
- California Progress Report: Budget passed
- NPR: California lawmakers pass budget deal
- The California Report: Budget Deal Passes Legislature