Darrell Steinberg on Budget Negotiations: “I’m Prepared to Pull the Plug” (Video)

According to the Sacramento Bee, one measure of progress in the budget negotiations is the Darrell Steinberg moodmeter. If so, we may be in trouble. The Democratic Senate President Pro Tem talked to reporters at the capital today and said this:

“Just for myself, if these guys don’t start moving and moving fast, I’m prepared to pull the plug. That’s me. Now I’m going to support the governor all the way, but that’s how I feel.”

Question from within the press gaggle: “What does that mean?”

“I mean we’re going to get our floor, we’re going to put up the vote, and if the vote isn’t there, then we are going to consider the other pathways, which you know about. It is high time that this come to a close here…”

So what are those “other pathways” Steinberg cites? KQED’s John Myers looks at possible Plans B and the current status of negotiations, in this report for The California Report today.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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