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Fixing California: Legislators need to assume they are gone

June 11, 2009 |  1:22 pm

Fixingcalifornia Bill Lockyer has some simple, blunt advice for Democratic legislators struggling to make painful budget cuts: Just assume you're not going to get reelected. Then dig in and slash.

Democrat Lockyer -- the state treasurer, former attorney general and longtime legislator who was Senate leader -- has experienced many budget brawls, but never a deficit hole as seemingly bottomless as this. Never before has the state staggered so desperately from crisis to crisis. Next up: The state runs out of cash, can't pay its bills and begins to shut down by the end of July unless it can sell routine short-term bonds.

And the treasurer says he won't be able to find enough investors unless the state's books are balanced by the end of this month.

Read the whole column here.

George Skelton

--George Skelton

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