Election Deadline Murky As Budget Talks Continue

 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Now that California lawmakers have missed Gov. Jerry Brown’s self-imposed budget deadline, it’s unclear when they have to act to meet his demand for a special election in June to consider extending recent tax hikes.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat, said Thursday that lawmakers are planning to work through the weekend to try to secure Republican support to call the election.

Brown’s office wants the election held June 7, to coincide with local elections in many California cities. But it’s not clear when the Legislature has to pass the budget to make that happen.

State law requires the election to be set 131 days in advance — a deadline that already has passed — but the Legislature can write its own law allowing that to be waived.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Thomas says:

    Good luck Jerry Brown asking everyone to extend taxes that was suppose to end the last mess the government said would help fix the budget..First the government of California must cut back at the top and work itself down to size. With everything raising faster than most people can keep up with at this time, the last thing we need is to extend taxes that won’t help anything at all.

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