News from Sacratomato

I erroneously called Monday’s Assembly-Senate meeting a “joint session.” It actually has a more impressive name, a “joint convention” and will feature the top fiscal dogs in our state — Treasurer, Controller and Legislative analyst. I’m not sure how the format will work as the presentation will be made in the Assembly chambers and I’ve never really envisioned dais as a lectern, but it should be interesting.

With about one-third of the assembly being new — and a number (we won’t name names) who seem beligerent — it’s important for these guys to scare the bejesus out of them with the widely reported news that California will run out of cash by February is something isn’t done. Kevin Yamamura at the Bee has a few more details on what might be said.

In other budget news, the Senate has sent out a press release for budget subcommittee nominees. For those who missed it, Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg said he wants all senators to “own” the budget and all sit on a budget subcommittee. Whereas last year, there were three in the Health and Human Services budget subcommittee, this year, there could be eight.

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