Senators Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson, and Patricia Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, were absent due to long-term illnesses.
Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, had to leave early to attend a court appearance on charges alleging that he lived outside his Southern California district since he was elected two years ago.
Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley, was absent for undisclosed reasons, and the late Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, has yet to be replaced
They call this a Budget..? It doesn't even work on paper..
California lawmakers pass long overdue budget
The deal was made primarily with cuts of nearly $7.5 billion and only $2.5 billion in new revenues coming in.The rest relies on wishful thinking and creative accounting. It closes the $19 billion deficit based on shaky assumptions, but the agonizing wait is over.
Three Democrats who can normally be counted on for "yes" votes were withholding theirs, mostly because years of cuts, including this year's $7.5 billion, were too much to stomach. They cut $3 billion from schools alone.
"It seems like there's no end in sight and at some point, you've got to say enough is enough," St. Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, said.
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