Sacramento based reporters are declaring that budget negotiations between Governor Brown and Republicans have fallen apart. This may be just another in a series of impasses, but based on the scheduling constraints to get a measure on a June ballot, this could be more final.
Contra Costa Times reporter Steven Harmon said:
CAbudget talks are toast. “It’s over,” said top aide to Sen. Bill Emmerson Joe Justin. “We’re disappointed they couldn’t get there.” Justin cont’d: “We really think highly of Gov. Brown. We had highly productive conversations in the governor’s office.” Justin on #CAbudget: We thght we were close. The gov did a lot of heavy lifting. We did a lot of heavy liftng. But this has run its course.
The Los Angeles Times‘ Shane Goldmacher:
Breaking at LAT: Talks between Brown, GOP break down — again. “We gave it our best. We’re very disappointed. It’s done,” said Bill Emmerson.
Cannella issues a statement: “I do not foresee a path to compromise.”
Goldmacher also posted this story on the Times’ political blog.
Marisa Lagos of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Cannella blames “public-employee unions, trial attorneys and other stakeholders” says they were unwilling to compromise.
Gov. Jerry Brown says he has halted budget negotiations with Republican lawmakers in statement.