Cracks Emerge In Supposed California Budget Fix, And It Could Burst Open Today

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Arnold and the California Legislature managed a good headline last week by promising to have closed the $19 billion budget hole. Suspiciously, few details were revealed about the new budget until this week.

Now with the full plan going on vote today, critics warn it may come unravelled.

The OC Register editorial warns: “Celebration may be premature. In fact, the real legislative battles may just be beginning. We’re sceptical that the budget terms Democratic and Republican leaders reportedly agreed to behind closed doors will stand up, particularly once partisan die-hards and affected constituencies began chipping away.”

Other parts of the balanced budget could be a fantasy. For instance, it counts on $5 billion coming from the federal government — which seems unlikely. Schwarzenegger also upgrades revenue expectations by $1.4 billion — without raising taxes.

We’re reminded of the “bag of tricks” New York uses to balance the budget.

If the federal government doesn’t come through with a bailout, California is looking at this austerity plan >

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