Breaking The Siege

At last, California has a budget. But nobody's happy.

"There is a point at which you just have to give the terrorist what he asks for because the hostages are tired," sighed Democratic assemblywoman Delaine Eastin. And so California's Democrat-controlled legislature wearily acceded to most of Republican Governor Pete Wilson's hard-nosed school-spending cuts and at last produced a balanced $57.4 billion state budget. Wilson's signature at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, half an hour after the approving vote, concluded a fiscal tug-of-war that had locked the state in financial limbo for 63 days. Out of cash since July 1, Sacramento issued 1.5 million IOUS worth a total of $3.4 billion...

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