Political pajama party!
California is facing a $40 billion budget deficit and could run out of cash sometime in the next few weeks, and our local assemblyman, Sandre Swanson, is ready to work toward fixing that problem.
He’s signed on with Assembly speaker Karen Bass’s threat to lock lawmakers in the state capitol this coming Christmas week until they come up a way to fix the state’s budget shortfall. And in an added measure of seriousness, he says he’s packed his red pajamas for the job (the capitol’s Kris Kringle, perhaps?).
“I am in strong support of the Speaker’s plan for a lock down. Our current budget short fall is at $14.8 billion and is growing each day. Frankly, we need to act like adults and take full responsibility in this time of crisis.”
“Many Working families in California will not have a Christmas at all. I have my red pajamas and am ready to be locked in until we get the budget done for the people of California.”
So how will the Sacramento version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” end? Will the legislature’s Republicans buckle on taxes, or will things get as bad as the Democrats claim they will, that we’ll wish we’d never been born?
For the latest on our continuing looming budget crisis (don’t expect that tax refund check anytime soon, folks!), check out this piece from Sunday’s Chronicle.