So the Senate and Assembly are voting on the budget sometime this evening.

Everyone’s unhappy with the final product — including the governor who has sent a strongly worded letter threatening to veto the budget unless it contains a budget reserve of at least 12.5 percent, with a two-thirds majority required to spend money from it. Essentially, such a reserve would cap programs and severely curtail the state’s ability to continue providing essential services — like Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.

Stay tuned…we’ll have more later.

UPDATE: The LATimes has posted a copy of the governor’s letter to lawmakers.

Also, i just heard (at 8:30 p.m.) Speaker Pro Tem Sally Lieber call everyone into session. The Senate appears to still be dawdling.

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