Saying California is "headed toward a financial Armageddon," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to force the Legislature to do something to fix California's huge budget deficit, which has climbed to $14.8 billion. Officials said the deficit will balloon to the $40 billion neighborhood by mid-2010 unless corrective action is taken.
The Legislature responded by asking for a refill on their Margarita.
In Baltimore, Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Comptroller Joan Pratt and City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake all received pay increases amid city hiring freezes and ongoing budget concerns, not to mention potential furloughs for city and state employees.
Nice work if you can get it.
So was New York Senate Democratic leader Malcolm Smith a sucker for thinking he could make a deal with the senate dissidents knows as the 'Gang of Three' which would have secured his party's hold on the chamber majority?
Seems that way.