California Lawmakers Tackle State Budget Woes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state budget is due in less than three weeks and lawmakers are still divided over how to balance a $54 billion deficit.
While wearing face masks on Tuesday, lawmakers did something they haven’t done in 25 years: They met in the Assembly chamber as a Committee of the Whole.
The last time they did so was 1995 when Orange County was facing bankruptcy. Today, the issue was California’s record deficit.
“We really wanted to bring everyone together to make sure they got all their questions answered,” said Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.