Idiots on Parade - The Democrats are rushing budget bills at the last minute that no one has read.
- Democrats have all year to get ready for the budget but put off the hard work of real budget cuts.
The main budget bill coming before California lawmakers is a 777-page piece of legislation that spells out how the state will spend billions of dollars over the next fiscal year. But as usual the deals are cut behind closed doors and no one has any time to read and properly analyze the budget.
A Senate panel raced to consider the measure Thursday, along with a handful of related bills that arrived in committee fresh off the printer reports the Sacramento Bee.
Passing the annual budget requires two dozen or more bills, the entire contents of which are virtually impossible for any one person to read in the days – and sometimes minutes – leading up to the floor vote.
The process inevitably comes down to the wire, a function of deadline procrastination and a desire to keep lobbyists in the dark after deals are struck behind closed doors, for fear they would generate enough opposition to unravel a compromise.
Democratic leaders needed the union's support to reduce school funding, and districts might have killed the bill, given enough time.
On Thursday, the Senate budget committee considered less than half of the 24 bills necessary to carry out a balanced budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. None was available online the previous evening.