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Talks intensify over closing Calif.'s $26B deficit
AP via Yahoo ^ | On Saturday July 11, 2009, 3:43 pm EDT | By Judy Lin, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 07/11/2009 12:58:27 PM PDT by Simmy2.5

Schwarzenegger, lawmakers express optimism as talks resume to close California's $26B deficit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Against a backdrop of IOUs and expanding government furloughs, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders expressed optimism Saturday that they were moving toward a compromise that could end California's fiscal calamity.

Negotiations to close the state's $26.3 billion deficit restarted after two weeks of inaction and partisan bickering. Top lawmakers from both parties said a budget-balancing deal was possible in the coming week.

"I would say we're getting very close to a general framework, but there are still outlying questions," said Assembly Minority Leader Sam Blakeslee, a San Luis Obispo Republican, after emerging from a closed-door meeting between lawmakers and Schwarzenegger.

They negotiated about 2 1/2 hours Saturday before ending talks for the day. They were expected to return to the Capitol on Sunday.

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You'd think they would have started intensifying after the special election rejection...
1 posted on 07/11/2009 12:58:28 PM PDT by Simmy2.5
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To: Simmy2.5

...they can talk til they’re blue in the face....California is doomed because over 50% of the households are non-English speakers....there’s no coming back from that.

2 posted on 07/11/2009 1:02:06 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Simmy2.5

Why don’t the law makers take a 40% cut in pay...and then cut the welfare benefits by 10% and cut taxes..

3 posted on 07/11/2009 1:03:59 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Simmy2.5

It aint rocket science, they either need to slash spending or raise taxes. The people told them hell no to tax increases so that leaves...........

4 posted on 07/11/2009 1:10:23 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: Graybeard58

That leaves raising taxes, just not calling it that...

5 posted on 07/11/2009 1:11:58 PM PDT by piytar (Take back the language: Obama axing Chrystler dealers based on political donations is REAL fascism!)
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To: Graybeard58
Rocket Science or just plain old Arithmetic. I think they are looking for ways to raise revenue that gets around the Propositions intent. Things like fees, Fines and Revenue Sharing with Local Gov’t are on the table. Heaven forbid actual shrinking of Gpv’t.

BTW, the last item would just be kicking the can down to the Localities who will then go through the same process in their areas. Fees and Fines are going to go through the roof at every level of Gov’t.

6 posted on 07/11/2009 1:15:58 PM PDT by TCats
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To: Simmy2.5
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7 posted on 07/11/2009 1:16:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (_Resident of the United States and Kenya's favorite son, Baraaaack Hussein Obamaaaa...)
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To: Simmy2.5
It's sad.

Out of money. Told by the electorate to stop spending. Urged to cut out the gimmicks.

But what will we get?

1) More gimmicks that kick the can down the road. Diversions, borrowing and promised pay backs.
2) A raft of new taxes. fees, tax ad-ons, surcharges, VLF increases and a significant increase in consumption taxes.
3) The exact same challenge to be faced by 2012 legislators.

8 posted on 07/11/2009 1:22:07 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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50% of the households are non-English speakers

you're kidding?

9 posted on 07/11/2009 1:24:19 PM PDT by gusopol3
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“50% of the households are non-English speakers”
“you’re kidding?”

...actually a CA poster recently corrected me saying the actual number of non-English speaking households is over that....I should have made it’s ‘households’ not ‘speakers’....basically non-asimilated people....who put a terrific drain on resources.

10 posted on 07/11/2009 1:30:41 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Amerigomag
Does anyone know how much they have increased revenue expectations (more/higher taxes and fees etc.) and how much they have cut from their spending in response to this emergency?
11 posted on 07/11/2009 1:32:05 PM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Simmy2.5

Time to divvy up the state, let conservatives have their own piece of CA and the liberals have theirs. We’ll see which half becomes more productive. It’ll be like looking at the stark differences between North Korea and South Korea.

12 posted on 07/11/2009 2:26:26 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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saw an article from ‘03 @ 37.5% after I challenged you. I guess it could be 50+ by now then.

13 posted on 07/11/2009 3:50:19 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The real problem is that the deficit is actually going to be higher. Tax revenues are Layoffs decreasing withholding, people saving rather than spending, realestate values and taxes going down, taxes on houses not being paid, capital gains taxes going away, etc etc.
They can’t cut big enough to solve the problem. They finally have to face the truth that they can’t run a welfare state with open borders..with the world and other states. It is isni’t just the number of state and city workers. It is also the number of people and programs that the state pays for. Paying for all the programs for illegals who are undereducated and marginally employed(pay little or no taxes) is killing the state.
If they do find a way to close the gap..three months from now they will find out the gap has returned.

14 posted on 07/11/2009 3:52:09 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Simmy2.5

Firing all 200,000 plus public employees in CA will not cover their deficit.

15 posted on 07/11/2009 3:53:56 PM PDT by givemELL (Does Taiwan Meet the Criteria to Qualify as an "Overseas Territory of the United States"? by Richar)
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To: Simmy2.5

Somewhere in this list of all of the State agencies there should be a few dollars to cut...

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California Building Standards Commission * California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education * California Bureau of Automotive Repair * California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair * California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation * California Bur eau of Naturopathic Medicine * California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services * California Bureau of State Audits * California Business Agency * California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) * California Business Permit Information (CalGOLD) * California Business Portal * California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency * California Cal Grants * California CalJOBS * California Cal-Learn Program * California CalVet Home Loan Program * California Career Resource Network * California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau * California Center for Analytical Chemistry * California Center for Distributed Learning * California Center for Teaching Careers (Teach California) * California Chancellor’s 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16 posted on 07/11/2009 4:27:56 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: I am Richard Brandon
Does anyone know how much they have increased revenue expectations and how much they have cut from their spending ?

The executive has suggested substantial cuts in spending with a bag full of accounting gimmicks to bridge the $27B gap. The legislature has a 40/60 mix of cuts and revenue increases.

Both are looking at:

1) An increase in the consumption tax rate.
2) An increase in sin taxes.
3) An expansion of consumption taxes to include some professional services.
4) Ways around Prop 13; surcharging home-owners insurance and a services component on property taxes.
5) Introduction of small to moderate fees for a host of traditional, General Fund services.

Neither side is willing to publicly suggest a temporary suspension of Prop 98. A suspension, with a guarantee of 40% (the original floor of Prop 98) of available revenue, would solve the 2009-2010 crisis all by itself. The NEA is a powerful union.

17 posted on 07/11/2009 5:15:32 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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How much money from state coffers by departing illegals starting with those with criminal records and and then going category by category? A high priority, for example, would be any illegal caught driving without insurance.

18 posted on 07/11/2009 5:45:51 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: Simmy2.5

If the courts would have let us keep Prop 187 (legaly voted for by California taxpayers)! We would not be in this pickle now. Most of the waste is with Illegals and career welfare recipients.

But the Socialist state house will not touch the Illegals let alone the parasites sucking the state dry!

19 posted on 07/11/2009 6:05:46 PM PDT by MrStumpy (Its awful embarrassing to get your butt kicked by a one legged man)
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To: Auntie Mame

Thanks for posting this. I will print it out to send to my congresscritters soon-—not that it will help. I am of the opinion they don’t care.

20 posted on 07/11/2009 6:42:35 PM PDT by Achilles Heel
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