FROM Matt David
Lame-Duck Legislature Comes Up Lame California's lame-duck Legislature has come up…lame. Late last night, at the end of an emergency special session in Sacramento, lawmakers failed yet again to resolve the state's massive budget gap. A projected $27.8 billion shortfall now awaits a new Legislature. Matt David is Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger .
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