- Declining to pay off $750 million in old school debt, and effectively defaulting on almost $3.5 billion in payments to schools.
- Illegally raiding $1 billion in First Five funds without voter approval.
- Raising the state's sales tax and vehicle license fee, and applying a $150 surcharge to the insurance policies of residents in fire zones, by a simple majority vote.
- Illegal selling state-owned buildings worth $1.2 billion.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Brown vetoed this piece of crap in short order this morning, which sends us back to the same drawing board we've been at since March. What's surprising is Perez and Steinberg offering a spirited defense of the steaming load of garbage they sent to Brown's desk. In a press conference at the Capitol today, the two said they were "deeply dismayed" by the veto, and took shots at Brown for his failure to deliver the votes needed for his own plan. According to Steinberg, "The governor, I think, is really getting caught up and, frankly, a little bit confused between total victory, which in this process cannot actually be achieved in most instances in one year, and progress." Perez added, "When he failed again to get the needed Republican votes, we did the most responsible thing we could do with the limited resources before us. We passed an on-time balanced budget that had meaningful cuts far deeper than any of us would have liked to see ... Further cuts would have been in some cases gratuitous and in other cases devastating to economic recovery that we're now seeing in California." Responding to Brown's criticism that their budget could not be financed, Perez stated, "When you make a veto message, you usually don't say this is a wonderful, beautiful package you've sent me, but I'm going to veto it anyway. So there's a little bit of need to back up the veto."
Fans of liberal-on-liberal crime will note that Brown, for his part, is standing by the veto, and will confer with Controller John Chiang on whether lawmakers must forfeit pay as a result of the veto. Which would be the case in a just world: anyone who would describe yesterday's budget as "responsible" or as "progress", or who thinks were seeing "economic recovery" in this state, should not be let near any taxpayer dollars.
(UPDATE Jun 17: This is getting more interesting. According to the Sacramento Bee, Steinberg has announced a halt to confirmations of Brown appointees.)