SACRAMENTO — The chairman of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee added $1.3 billion in spending to Gov. George Deukmejian's proposed $39-billion budget Tuesday to finance legally required education, welfare and other programs.
Sen. Alfred E. Alquist (D-San Jose) said in an announcement that the action "puts the governor on notice that we will not stand by quietly while he plays endless shell games with his budget numbers."
The veteran Democrat said that if his amendments are adopted, the governor's proposed $1-billion budget reserve would shrink to $324 million.
Alquist this year is carrying the governor's budget bill in keeping with a longstanding tradition in which the heads of the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees trade off responsibility for carrying the governor's annual appropriations bill.