California State Senate President Darrell has lost his mind (IMHO)by threatening to cut services in Republican controlled districts. From Contra Costa Times:
Voicing an idea that has been quietly bandied about in Democratic circles for months, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday threatened to roll back services in Republican districts if they continue to resist the call for taxes to close the state’s gaping deficit.
“You get the government you pay for,” the Sacramento Democrat told reporters after he addressed the Sacramento Press Club. “It’s basic fairness. You don’t want to pay for government, well, then you get less of it.”
Steinberg wouldn’t specify the kinds of cuts he’s considering other than “convenient services to adults,” though he would exempt services for vulnerable children. He did not make it clear how he’d be able to target individual districts, but past leaders such as former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown have punished certain lawmakers by holding back funding for specific programs.