Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger listens to a reporters question concerning the state budget approved by the legislature, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2009. Lawmakers worked through the night to approve a complex package of spending cuts, local government raids and accounting maneuvers to fill California's gigantic budget deficit. Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the budget bills after making further cuts, early next week.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Ain't it funny how time flies?
For lawmakers in the state capitol - time flew right past them and into the record books when they failed this week to reach a deal on how to close California's $19 billion deficit.
Friday will mark the 79th day the state has gone without a resolution to its annual spending plan. The last record was set two years ago at 78 days.
"We are not proud of the fact that this is the latest we've gone without passing a budget," said the governor's spokesperson Aaron McLear. "We don't want this be the latest we've gone without signing the budget."
Well, they'd better hurry. The latest that a California governor has signed a budget is Sept. 23. That's next Thursday.
So, with their project incomplete and their clients (that's us) waiting for the end result, the lawmakers are working overtime to get a deal, right? Well, maybe.
Hey folks, why don't you lock yourselves in a room and get this done? As Miss Jackson sings:
But time never ends
Let's find the time to get together once again
Yes, soon. Please.