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State Senate Gets Two Thirds for Prison Guards' Vacation Giveaway



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    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger shakes hands with prison guards at the California Institution for Men prison on August 19, 2009 in Chino.

    Who says you can't get a two-thirds vote in the legislature on fiscal matters?

    The state senate on Monday passed new union contracts -- including the controversial prison guards' deal that will allow members of that powerful union to accrue hundreds of millions of dollars in vacation without a cap -- by a vote of 27-13. The contract now goes to the Assembly.

    While the contract has some giveaways, it's too soon to judge the deal -- because we haven't seen what savings Gov. Jerry Brown may get in return for his contract largesse.

    Details via the LA Times.