From Capitol Bureau colleague Jim Sanders:
The California Legislature avoided deep cuts to its base funding in the new state budget and stands to benefit by tens of millions of dollars in future years if the economy rebounds.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to require cuts of about 10 percent for the Assembly and Senate was shelved.
Closed-door negotiations produced an alternative that relies on voluntary rather than mandatory cuts to legislative spending ...
The deal provides new ammunition to critics who note that legislative employees, unlike other state workers, are not threatened with layoffs or targeted for pay cuts through furloughs.
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