Villaraigosa applauds Brown’s California state budget veto, says budget relied on 'gimmicks'

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during the 63rd Israel Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Consulate General Of Israel at Skirball Cultural Center on May 10, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during the 63rd Israel Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Consulate General Of Israel at Skirball Cultural Center on May 10, 2011 in Los Angeles. Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The Consulate General of Israel

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa applauded the governor's state budget veto today.

Villaraigosa says the state legislature must return to the drawing board.

Villaraigosa says he congratulates the governor "for doing what he said he would do, and that is reject any budget that’s not balanced, that relies on gimmicks, and doesn’t have the necessary balance between cuts and new revenues." Villaraigosa spoke in Baltimore at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Villaraigosa brags that the city of Los Angeles passed a balanced budget on time. He scolds lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington, saying that in this economy, the country doesn’t have the “luxury to engage in partisan bickering and ideological rigidity.”

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