California Gov. Jerry Brown expended some political capital in his bid to close the state's budget deficit with a mix of cuts and higher tax revenue. He didn't get such a deal, but as of Tuesday night the state does have a budget.
The decision by a California official to stop paying state legislators until they pass a balanced budget means Democrats are under increasing pressure to act.
Republican lawmakers refuse to give in to Gov. Jerry Brown and his plan to fix the California budget through a special election on tax extensions. That leaves Brown with few palatable options.
California's governor is unable to persuade GOP lawmakers to OK his plan to solve a looming budget shortfall. Jerry Brown might try an end run, if it's legal, or present an all-cuts budget.
Jerry Brown made the first 'State of the State' address of his latest administration to both houses of the California state legislature Monday. There is a projected state budget deficit of over $25 billion facing Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers.