Letters to the Editor

Small minority halts budget on whim

Once again, Californians are being held hostage to the whims of a political minority. At a time when the business of state government needs to move forward by adopting a budget, one politician stops the entire process. It is not in the best interests of the state for this situation to occur, especially when the vast majority of the Legislature and the governor support this budget.

To those who say the budget is flawed and will cause deficit spending, I ask why these issues weren't raised earlier in the legislative process during the course of the year instead of at this time? It makes one wonder about the true motives of these politicians: to adopt a responsible budget, or to use the process to promote an ideological imperative?

The present proposed budget, though not perfect, is responsible, and needs to be passed so the business of the state government can continue.

STEVE BANTLY

Merced

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