The legislative branch has the power of the purse, the executive branch the power to reject those spending plans. A simple part of every civics lesson, rarely on display more clearly than this week in Sacramento.
But also quite clear: a new separation of powers in the Democratic party, one that will need to be sorted out before a state budget is enacted.
This week's Capital Notes Podcast is a look back at a fascinating week that started with no budget... and ended with no budget.
Two top Capitol budget reporters, Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee and Shane Goldmacher of the Los Angeles Times, stop by to offer some thoughts on everything from the governor's anti-gimmick crusade to the fracas over whether legislators will get paid.