Debra J. Saunders

Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, accused Ackerman of "moving the goal post." Some insiders say that Ackerman had reached a deal on the Brown lawsuits, but could not sell it to his caucus -- but Ackerman says no.

Assembly Republican leader Mike Villines told the Sacramento Bee, "I just hope that we don't see it come backward, that's my fear."

If another Senate Republican does not vote for the Assembly budget by Aug. 20, raising the total yes votes to 27, the whole deal could fall apart. Lynda Gledhill of Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata's office, noted, "There's no doubt that the longer it goes on, the harder it is for Democrat members to vote for the budget, but we are committed to voting for this budget in its current form."

It is a small miracle that Sacto Dems agreed to a budget with a $1.1 billion cut in public transit funds and delays of cost-of-living increases for poor seniors and the disabled. I'd love to see the Senate Rs win more cuts, but with so much to lose, it would be best for them to learn to take yes for an answer.

Debra J. Saunders

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