The state Senate has just scheduled a 9 a.m. session for tomorrow, indicating that an agreement on a budget deal has in fact been nailed down. Another telling sign this morning was an e-mail from the Senate Republican caucus staff with the subject line "what they are saying about the bipartisan budget solution."
The use of the word "bipartisan" is a strong indicator that Senate Republican leader Dave Cogdill believes he has lined up the necessary GOP votes. The e-mail then offers excerpts from newspaper editorials urging passage of the plan, including this from Cogdill's hometown newspaper, the Modesto Bee: "Given the scope of the state deficit, any budget compromise will contain ugly and unpopular components. But further delays are an even worse option."