Those who attended today's Legislative Affairs Committee luncheon at Cafe Sevilla in Riverside know that the Legislature was called back to Sacramento yesterday to deal with the state budget. They know this because Assemblyman Brian Nestande was scheduled to be our guest speaker but had to back out at the last minute.
(Many thanks to Supervisor Marion Ashley for stepping in and providing members with an excellent overview of the state of the County!)
So today California's top lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have struck a budget accord.
The agreement avoids the deepest cuts that Schwarzenegger had proposed, but under the plan, current state employees would have their pay cut, contribute more to their pension plan and would be subjected to a payroll freeze.