California Democrats Focused on Financial Recovery
The California legislature is back in session and Democrats remain firmly in control. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, leaders are starting the year with a focus on the economy.
Democratic leaders are pushing a message of restoring the state’s economy by creating a rainy day fund and paying down debt. But projects like high speed rail and the Delta water tunnel plan could put pressure on the budget.
Democrats hold a super majority in the legislature, but Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett says the party will continue to act responsibly.
Corbett: “We’re going to spend where we need to spend to foster growth in this economy. It’s up to us, in a way, to continue to grow ourselves out of the recession. And, like I said, we still have a ways to go, so I think we will be very responsible.”
The party will also be facing a change in leadership in the coming months. Both the Assembly Speaker and Senate President are being termed out and the speculation has already begun over who will replace them.