The California budget that wasn't born on July 1, or Aug. 1, may also be overdue -- absent serious hard labor -- come Sept. 1. (BTW, a quick check shows that, since 1992, the latest date a state budget was enacted was Sept. 5, 2002.)
Consider the possible scenarios playing out:
- Democrats leaning heavily on tax hikes to offset a $15 billion deficit (what kind, who pays -- at issue). Republicans bent on a spending cap (how much, whose ox will be gored in the foreseeable future -- at issue).