It's not quite over, but there will be no surprise that the Democratic package of majority vote taxes and spending cuts will be on its way to Governor Schwarzenegger by mid-afternoon.
The Schwarzenegger administration worked the phones of those of us in the press corps last night to insist that the guv will veto the package if it doesn't have certain things. And judging today's proposals by the list laid out last night, a veto seems possible.
Democrats are arguing that their concessions on infrastructure projects-- more private sector work, less environmental review -- are fair ones. But aides said the governor wanted such changes for more than just a small list of projects. And Schwarzenegger also reportedly wanted deeper cuts... including more long-term cuts, more cuts in the IHSS (in-home supportive services) program, and more state worker salary cuts (including possible furloughs).
At this juncture, there's a lot of complaining about who's going out further on a limb, the governor or Dems? The majority party certainly has some rank-and-file members who aren't voting for these bills as they move off the floor (about a half dozen at last count), and traditional Democratic interest groups... from labor unions to environmentalists... are grumbling.
On the other hand, Schwarzenegger's apparent willingness to entertain the "reduced calorie" (majority vote) tax proposal puts him squarely at odds with a lot of his occasional allies -- some of whom are already spoiling for a fight in court or at the ballot box.
On a lighter note: one blog reader says he and his colleagues started to clock some of the stem-winding floor speeches this afternoon... measuring the length of the speech against the governor's deficit clock. Ticking in at $470 more deficit every second, the reader offers a pricetag of $112,800 for the speech of Sen. George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) and about $100,000 for the speech of Sen. Mark Leno (D-SF).