CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1994 |
Unlike its older neighbors, the 3-year-old city of Calabasas is expected to skate through this year's budget process without having to make painful cuts or scrape for new revenues. City officials expect a $6.6-million spending plan for next fiscal year that is nearly identical to this year's budget, with a surplus of $735,000, according to budget guidelines approved at a special meeting of the City Council Wednesday night.
June 2, 1995 |
Although deep divisions remain, legislative leaders attempted to speed the state budget process Thursday by pushing Gov. Pete Wilson's proposed $56-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year into a joint state Senate and Assembly conference committee. In purely procedural votes, the Senate approved its version of the budget on a 30-10 vote, and the Assembly later approved the Senate budget with amendments, returning it to the upper house.
December 18, 1988
President Reagan said the nation's deficit could be "ancient history in no time" if the President had more power over the budget process. Reagan, who pledged in his weekly radio address to work on reforming the process after he leaves office next month, again blamed Congress for the nation's deficit-spending habits. "Every dime of deficit spending has been mandated by Congress," Reagan said. In the 1988 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, the nation recorded a $155.1-billion deficit.
March 25, 1987 |
Tired of losing a succession of budget battles to Republican Gov. George Deukmejian and disillusioned with the tedium of months-long committee hearings, Assembly Democrats this year have turned the budget process topsy-turvy and added a dash of showmanship. The strategy is necessary, they contend, to disabuse the public of the false notion of a governor holding at bay his rivals in the Legislature to preserve the state treasury from ruinous overspending.
January 29, 1992 |
A constitutional revision commission would be created to examine and recommend changes in the state's budgetary process under legislation that has been introduced in the Assembly. "The budget was not produced until well after the constitutional deadline last year, and most observers predict the budget will get bogged down again this year," said Assemblyman Phil Isenberg (D-Sacramento), the author of the bill (AB 2398).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2008 |
Seven weeks past their constitutional deadline for passing a state budget, legislators still are stumbling around. Why? Because they haven't yet done the "Dance of Death." That's the annual ritual in which one budget proposal after another is ceremoniously sacrificed on chamber floors until there's agreement on a single survivor. "Everybody dances around the fire. They throw stuff at us. We throw stuff at them.