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Do the Public Employee Unions Have Veto Power Over Budget Negotiations?

That is what Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway seems to be suggesting. Assemblymember Conway was interviewed this morning on KMJ radio and said:

It’s my impression, after speaking to some of (the Senate Republicans), that the talks are done and over, and they walked away from the table. It’s their impression that, even though the governor seems willing, labor has said ‘no’ to all of the requests. So I think everybody left very unhappy from the table.

Here is the complete audio of the interview:

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According to the Sacramento Bee Capitol Report:

Joe Justin, spokesman for Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, one of the five GOP senators negotiating with Brown, said Conway’s remarks were accurate.

“We remain committed to work,” Justin said. “The public employee labor unions wouldn’t allow movement on a hard, meaningful spending cap and true, long-lasting pension reform.”

But Brown press secretary Gil Duran disputed that budget negotiations with the five Republicans are done.

“Talks are continuing,” Duran said. “It seems to me that some people are urgently trying to exaggerate and spread this other story, but that is not our understanding of the situation.”

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