Schwarzenegger Signs Calif. Budget, Finally
$103B plan delayed a record 85 days by political wrangling
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2008 2:36 PM CDT
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the tentative budget agreement with the legislature during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Sept. 19, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Arnold Schwarzenegger signed California’s budget into law today, ending a record 85-day delay, the Sacramento Bee reports. The state has been waiting for the governor’s signature on the $103.4 billion plan to restart payments to nursing homes, community colleges and other service providers. California is expanding the state’s lottery in a gambit to avoid repeating this year’s $15.2 billion budget shortfall.