Sacramento, CA– In his last few weeks in office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling a special session of the Legislature to take up a $6 billion deficit that has emerged just weeks after he signed the state budget.
The announcement comes after the Legislative Analyst’s Office said California’s budget deficit has grown to $25.4 billion through June 2012. That includes a $6 billion shortfall in the budget package signed October 8th after the longest impasse in state history. The session will start December 6th, when new lawmakers are sworn into office.
This will be Schwarzenegger’s 18th special session since taking office in 2003. That is more than any governor in the state’s history. The December special session is just weeks before Jerry Brown is set to be sworn into office on January 3rd. He faces a deadline to present a balanced budget plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year just one week later.
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