California governor threatens to veto budget, continuing impasse
The Medi-Cal program is California's version of Medicaid and provides 65% to 70% of the funding for nursing homes and facilities for the developmentally disabled. Funding to the program has been shut off for nearly three months while the legislature attempted to hammer out a budget, putting serious financial strain on all facility owners (McKnight's, 8/19). The Legislature approved the budget earlier this week on the 78th day of the fiscal year—the latest date the Legislature had ever passed a spending plan. Schwarzenegger objects to the increase in program spending contained in the new budget proposal.
Some view the governor's threats as a mere gesture. A two-thirds majority of the Legislature was needed to approve the budget and send it to the governor. That is the same majority needed to over-ride a veto if the governor sends it back, according to the Bureau of National Affairs.