The state budget and major environmental bills were left hanging when the Legislature adjourned early Wednesday, but the issues are coming back shortly, the governor suggested.
“I will try to get them done before I leave office,” the governor told reporters. “ I think we can do that.” The governor leaves office in January.
The governor stopped short of calling special sessions to deal with state finances or the environment – or any other issue — but his comments signaled that work on them was far from over. The timing, however, was left open.
There had been speculation in the Capitol that he would not push to resolve the 2-month-old state budget impasse, but instead leave it to the next governor – Meg Whitman or Jerry Brown.
But his comments Wednesday suggested otherwise.
“We are very close,” he said of the budget negotiations. “A lot of work has been done.”