For most of the last decade of my life, I've spent the Independence Day weekend either waiting for the phone to ring about a budget deal, or camped out in a Capitol hallway awaiting a budget deal.
This year, a welcome change. And a lazy weekend means a chance to clean out the notebook.
Today, a kickoff to a new occasional feature: snippets of the week's leftovers in California politics... from the not-really-reported to the things-worth-a-second-look.
Your idea of a fun day in July may be sitting poolside with a cold drink. But in Sacramento, it's celebrating the passage of time... in fiscal terms, that is.
And this year, unlike so many others, the budget is a done deal.
On this week's Capital Notes Podcast, we examine all the ups and downs of a very busy week in the state budget saga, from a unified Democratic front to a quick vote, line-item vetoes, and -- of course -- post-budget political sniping.
Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee and I also discuss what's next. Hey, the next fiscal countdown is only 51 weeks away!