California Republican State Senator Abel Maldonado is reportedly the holdout vote in reaching a budget deal in California.
The sticking point isn't even the budget. Maldonado is now holding the state hostage so he can force through some Quixotic government reforms, including open primaries.
Because of Maldonado, today California is issuing pink slips to 20,000 state workers, and will shut down $1.8 billion in state infrastructure projects — forcing the state to ultimately incur an extra $400 million in shutdown/restart costs.
If you care about California. Call Abel:
State Capitol, Room 4082
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4015