Will California's Budget Help the Struggling State?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

California State Controller John Chiang and Gov. Jerry Brown look on as state treasurer Bill Lockyear speaks during a briefing on California's state budget. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

California legislators passed a budget Wednesday, just hours before a midnight deadline. This year, lawmakers risked losing their paychecks if they did not produce a budget on time. Only a simple majority was needed to pass the budget, but state Democrats say it is not ideal. Gov. Jerry Brown must now face the budget and decide whether to keep it as it is or confront the issues and send the budget back for more work.

Dr. Bruce Cain, professor of political science at U.C. Berkeley and Director of the University of California Washington Center tells us why the budget issue this year is different than in the past.

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