New Speaker for the CA State Assembly

May 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The State Assembly gets a new speaker just in time for the state's budget crunch.Democrat Karen Bass takes over Tuesday. The former community activist will become the first black woman to hold the assembly's top leadership post.

Bass will find out just how tough her job is likely to be when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger releases his revised budget proposal and deficit projections Wednesday.

Republicans have refused to consider raising taxes or eliminating any tax breaks to generate more revenue.

Democrats say they won't support a "cuts-only" budget.