Committee of the Whole?

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Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Special to Valley News This week the California Assembly convened a historic meeting; one that has not happened in 25 years. Called the “Committee of the Whole,” it is when the entire Assembly comes together to serve as an 80-member budget committee to address this deficit budget cycle. Committee of the Whole meetings are rare and only occur during a crisis. In 1995, the last time it happened, the Legislature was considering the financial fallout from Orange County’s bankruptcy. This time of course, we are facing a huge budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus-induced recession. With tax revenues falling and spending for programs like unemployment insurance increasing, our $21 billion surplus of just three months ago is now a projected $54.3 b
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