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CAPITOL TELEVISION NEWS SERVICE

SACRAMENTO, CA

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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1. U.S. SENATOR/HIGHWAYS.................................VO/SOT

2. U.S. SENATOR/FLOOD CONTROL.....................VO/SOT

3. IMPORTED TOY CONCERNS..............................VO/SOT

4. STATE EMPLOYEE BUDGET PROTEST.........................VO/SOT

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STATE EMPLOYEE/BUDGET RALLY VO/SOT

LIVE:

DOZENS OF STATE EMPLOYEES HELD A PICNIC OUTSIDE THE STATE CAPITOL TODAY, PROTESTING LAWMAKERS' DELAY IN PASSING A STATE BUDGET. THE BUDGET IS NOW 46 DAYS OVERDUE.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:25)

MEMBERS OF S-E-I-U 1000, THE STATE'S LARGEST PUBLIC EMPLOYEES UNION, RALLIED AT THE CAPITOL AND DELIVERED SIGNED PETITIONS TO OFFICES OF THE GOVERNOR AND STATE LAWMAKERS DEMANDING THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY RETURN TO THE CAPITOL AND PASS A BUDGET. AN AUDITOR FROM THE OFFICE OF STATEWIDE HEALTH PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENTS ATTENDING TODAY'S RALLY DECRIED THE INTERRUPTIONS TO SERVICES CAUSED BY THE OVERDUE BUDGET, BUT ALSO SAYS THE IMPASSE HAS DELAYED THE START OF A 3.4 PERCENT PAY RAISE FOR HIS DEPARTMENT. THE DELAYED RAISE WILL START ONCE A BUDGET IS PASSED, BE HE CONSIDERS THE DELAYED RAISE TO BE A PAY CUT.

SUPER: ED RIQUELME/ STATE EMPLOYEE

SOT: (0:16)

SAYS: "AND WE THINK THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE SHOULD COME BACK FROM VACATION, AND THAT THEY SHOULD DO THEIR JOB AS WELL."

REPORTER: "YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE DON'T THINK OF A LACK OF A RAISE AS A PAY CUT."

SAYS: "WELL, IT'S SOMETHING WE EARNED THOUGH, AND IT'S SOMETHING WE ARE ENTITLED TO AND IT'S WHAT WE EARNED, IT'S WHAT WE NEGOTIATED WITH IN GOOD FAITH."

SUPER: JON COUPAL/HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION

SOT: (0:27)

SAYS: "I THINK MOST TAXPAYERS WOULD BE A LITTLE OFFENDED BY THAT, IN LIGHT OF THE FACT THAT SOME OF THESE EMPLOYEES ARE NOT GETTING A RAISE. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WITH A DOWNTURN IN THE HOUSING ECONOMY, AND OTHER ELEMENTS OF THE ECONOMY, THAT THEIR LUCKY TO HOLD ONTO THEIR JOBS, AND HERE AGAIN WE HAVE THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE EXTRAORDINARY JOB SECURITY, COMPLAINING HATH THEY'RE NOT GETTING THE RAISE TO WHICH THEY THINK THEY'RE ENTITLED."

VO TAG:

THE PRESIDENT OF THE HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION SAYS PAY RAISES AND RELATED BENEFIT INCREASES FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE GROWING FASTER THAN TOTAL GOVERNMENT REVENUES, ONE FACTOR THAT'S MAKING IT HARDER TO BALANCE THE STATE'S BUDGET. HE SAYS COMPENSATION PACKAGES INCLUDING VACATION, HEALTH CARE AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES EXCEEDS THOSE OF COMPARABLE WORKERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

EDITOR'S NOTE: RIQUELME IS PRONOUNCED "rih-KELL-me"

BUDGET IMPASSE BACKGROUND: THE ASSEMBLY PASSED ITS VERSION OF THE BUDGET IN JULY AND RECESSED. SENATE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WILL NOT SUPPORT THE BUDGET APPROVED BY THE ASSEMBLY BECAUSE IT IS 700 MILLION DOLLARS OUT OF BALANCE, AND WILL INCREASE THE STATE'S DEBT FOR UPCOMING FISCAL YEARS. THE DEMOCRATIC SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE SENT LEGISLATORS HOME UNTIL THE ASSEMBLY RETURNS AUGUST 20TH, OR UNTIL ANOTHER SENATE REPUBLICAN PROVIDES THE FINAL VOTE FOR THE SENATE'S BUDGET PACKAGE. SENATE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WILL NOT PASS THE BUDGET UNTIL DEMOCRATS TRIM 700 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE ASSEMBLY BUDGET, AND PASS A BILL PROHIBITING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FROM SUING CITIES AND COUNTIES FOR NOT INCLUDING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION REDUCTIONS IN THEIR LAND USE PLANNING AND ZONING DECISIONS.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: ED RIQUELME/ STATE EMPLOYEE

SOT: (0:15)

SAYS: "FUNDING TO HOSPITALS HAS BEEN CUT, AND SOME HOSPITAL HAVE BEGUN TO CLOSE DOWN , IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN CUT, OUR STATE SERVICES, THERE'S NO MORE AUTHORIZATION FOR EXPENDITURES TO CARRY OUT OUR OWN JOBS."

SUPER: JON COUPAL/ HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION

SOT: (0:17)

SAYS: "IN TERMS OF WHERE PUBLIC DOLLARS ARE GOING, WE KNOW THAT THE TREND LINE IN THE LAST 20 YEARS IS THAT A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF PUBLIC DOLLARS AT BOTH THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL ARE GOING TOWARD PUBLIC EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION BOTH IN TERMS OF SALARY, BENEFITS AND PENSIONS."

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