State Lawmakers Making Progress

August 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
California's state budget stalemate is now in day 54, but some legislators say there's been some progress.Assemblyman Fabian Nunez is in Fresno today for the United Farmworkers Convention and he says a finalized budget feels closer than it did last weekend. The budget needs a supermajority to pass, meaning two-thirds of legislators in both houses have to vote for it.

Nunez says that opens it up for a small group to stall the entire process. "To essentially hold the rest of the state of California hostage until their views, which are totally out of sync with the views of California, to be somehow expressed in that budget," says Nunez.

He also said Hanford democrat Nicole Parra knew she would get punished for refusing to vote for the budget last weekend. She lost her office when she refused to vote until a water bond passed.

But Nunez called her a strong, moderate voice for the valley that recognized the importance of water for people in this area.
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