Activity is picking up now that the Legislature is back in session following their July recess. The Budget Conference Committee – the two-house committee that reconciles differences in the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget – is scheduled to meet tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to noon, and again from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 4203 of the State Capitol. The committee is also scheduled to meet Wednesday upon adjournment of the Senate Health Committee. At some point in these two days, the committee is expected to take up the human services “open items” including proposed cuts to the CalWORKs and IHSS programs. As always, you can follow the hearings on The California Channel or through the Senate and Assembly websites.
According to press reports, Democratic legislative leaders are expected to unveil details of a budget proposal in a press conference tomorrow. Last week we blogged about the problems with a potential tax plan that would lower the state sales tax while raising the income tax on low- and middle-, but not higher-income, earners.
Has the plan changed since then? Like you, we’ll be waiting to see.
— Lisa Gardiner