Republican Senate Caucus Chief of Staff Kevin Bassett, left, talks with Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) at the state Capitol as work on the new California budget proposal went on. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / June 28, 2011)
By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2011
Reporting from Sacramento — The Legislature passed an austerity budget Tuesday night that would cut from universities, courts and the poor, shutter 70 parks and threaten schools but would not — by officials’ own admission — restore California’s long-term financial health.
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