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« on: July 02, 2009, 02:36:02 pm »

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California prepares to pay bills with IOUs
Schwarzenegger declares fiscal state of emergency amid budget wrangle

SACRAMENTO, California - California's controller will start paying many of the state's bills with promissory notes as soon as Thursday after lawmakers failed to close the state's worsening budget deficit, adding a new measure of indignity to a state sinking deeper into dysfunction.

Lawmakers' failure to act on Tuesday, the end of the fiscal year, also widened California's deficit from what already had been a whopping $24.3 billion — more than a quarter of its general fund.

The failure to balance the state's main checkbook prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday to declare a fiscal state of emergency.

Under the declaration, state offices will be closed three days a month to conserve cash. If the Legislature fails to solve the deficit within 45 days, it cannot adjourn or act on other bills until the crisis is resolved.

The partial government shutdown also will lead to a third furlough day for 235,000 state employees, bringing their total pay cut this year to about 14 percent.

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This has been a long time coming for California since Prop. 13 passed.  The people want everything and don't want to pay for it. 
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2009, 09:00:17 pm »

my birth state is a disaster, and I am sorry to see it.

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2009, 09:12:14 pm »

my birth state is a disaster, and I am sorry to see it.



It's quite amazing how messed up it is. 
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