VIDEO: Dan Walters, in today's video report, names welfare as the last big issue facing California lawmakers on the budget.
It's time to start watching the clock. Legislators needs to pass a budget by midnight Friday night or they could see their paychecks whacked.
What kind of a budget will they send Gov. Jerry Brown? Kevin Yamamura reports in today's Bee that it looks like they'll reject $1 billion of the cuts he's requested.
In non-budget news, the tents on the Capitol's north steps and lawn will shade high school seniors who've won Comcast scholarships this year.
Elected officials listed to attend include State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Democratic Sen. Michael Rubio, Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, and Democratic Assembly members Wesley Chesbro, Rich Gordon, Jerry Hill, Jared Huffman and Bob Wieckowski.
The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The students also get a tour of the Capitol and admission to a River Cats game.
Both the Senate and the Assembly have scheduled floor sessions this morning. The upper house will welcome as guest chaplain the evangelist Luis Palau, who's in town for a festival this weekend at Cal Expo, before he heads to the Assembly side.
Palau got a few digs in at Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson this week, as Ryan Lillis reported in this post: "It took him a while, but he got married at last. And we're very proud of that. It's OK to say that, right? The city knows about it?"
Hmm. If he could get away with that, there's plenty of material for him under the dome.
CAKE AND CANDLES: Democratic Assemblywoman Betsy Butler turns 49 today.