Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the chorus of local government leaders criticizing the state budget deal.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: "If you remember, they were all smiles as they tried to paint a portrait of progress to declare the dawning of a new day in Sacramento and the truth soon became quite clear. The proposal passes our state's budget problem on to local taxpayers. As much as a quarter of the state deficit is said to be balanced on the backs of cities, counties, and school districts."
Villaraigosa said the city of Los Angeles stands to lose more than $250 million in gas tax and other revenues if the state legislature approves the budget deal. That vote could happen as soon as Thursday.