The Budget Special Session: The Sequel, to the Sequel, to the Sequel, to the Sequel . . .
So Governor Schwarzenegger has started the State of the State/budget news cycle by calling for a special sesson to deal wth the state budget crisis, the Capitol Weekly reports.
Per the story: “The emergency declaration, authorized under voter-approved Proposition 58, requires lawmakers to act within 45 days on his proposals or pass their own combination of cuts and revenue increases. There is no penalty if the Legislature fails to perform, although lawmakers are barred from adjourning or considering other issues until they act on the governor’s plan.”
And it ends on this sad note: “Practically, the special session is not expected to have much effect, since a full slate of legislative hearings is not expected to begin for weeks.”
If you think you’ve seen this movie before, try googling “Schwarzenegger” and “special session”. Among the first hits:
1) The governor calling for a special session, in June 2009, in order to compete for federal stimulus education dollars.
2) The governor calling for a special session, in September 2009, to consider an overhaul of the state’s tax system.
3) The governor calling for a special session, in October 2009, to address the state’s water crisis.
4) And, an oldie-but-goodie, the governor calling for a special session, in December 2008, to . . . wait for it . . . deal with the state’s fiscal meltdown (at the time, a piddling $11 billion).
No one will ever confuse the California State Legislature with the league of extraordinary gentlemen.
And, it would seem, there’s little extraordinary about Governor Schwarzenegger trying to add drama in hopes of lighting a fire under lawmakers.
Can’t blame a guy for trying.