Legislative Year Ends with Bills but No Budget

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The State Legislature is on track to adjourn day after tomorrow. But for the first time in its history, California may not have a budget before November-s election-five months past the constitutional deadline. Even though billions of dollars in bills won-t get paid, the consensus in Sacramento is that, whatever the fallout, voters don-t care. So, Governor Davis and state legislators don-t either. We join Controller Kathleen Connell, former Republican political consultant Tony Quinn and former Democratic consultant Bill Bradley for a look at what the impact might be and how elected officials have insulated themselves from the consequences of not doing their jobs.
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