(image courtesy the Sacramento Bee)
There has been some back-and-forth with police chiefs and GOP members over the last few days regarding their support of Governor Schwarzenegger's plan for the correctional system. Trying to make some sense of it all, it appears that the idea is to vote on unallocated savings, then figure out the details. The Governor has been quoted as saying that the prison issue had caused "some misunderstandings, and we are ironing them out." Basically, as the L.A. Times puts it, "[d]espite the delay, the budget deal will still include $1.2 billion in cuts to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, though it will not specify how they are to be made".
The main point of contention, as we discussed here and here, is inmate release. The solution? Decide on the cuts, postpone discussion on what is to be cut. The inner dealings between Republicans and Democrats regarding this compromise, complete with political back-and-forth and emails titled "Budget Double Cross" (sic), are in the Sac Bee, for your reading pleasure (or agony).