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.
Republican lawmakers are blocking Gov. Jerry Brown's attempts to put a tax-rate extension before voters this summer. But a new Field Poll shows Californians back Brown's plan.
California Gov. Jerry Brown wanted to have spending cuts passed by the Legislature and a June 7 special election called by Thursday. Missing that deadline could complicate his already complex budget solution.
Governor Schwarzenegger is supportive, but a $16 billion state deficit may inspire voters to say 'no' in November.