Five Republican senators who met with Gov. Jerry Brown in budget talks said today that they have reached an impasse.
"We accepted your invitation to bring you our ideas on important structural reforms and willingly took to heart your admonition 'to get out of our comfort zone,' the senators said in a letter to the Democratic governor. "Although it is clear that you engaged in our conversations seriously, it appears we have reached an impasse in our discussions about how to move the state forward."
The letter may explain Brown's glum attitude at an appearance this morning, where he said he does not yet have the Republican support to put his tax extension measure on the ballot and may not meet his Thursday budget deadline.
Brown acknowledged Friday that he had met privately with a handful of Republicans in recent days. The letter Monday was signed by Sens. Tom Berryhill of Oakdale, Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo, Anthony Cannella of Ceres, Bill Emmerson of Hemet, and Tom Harman of Huntington Beach.
They said they presented proposals for a spending cap and for pension, tax and regulatory reforms. The proposals, they said in the letter, were either rejected or greatly watered down.
"We have therefore concluded that you are unable to compel other stakeholders to accept real reform," the letter said.