This year the budget vote drama arrives only weeks, rather than the customary few months, before election day. The timing is tough for legislators seeking higher office or locked in a reelection fight.
Final passage of the budget pact struck Friday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and top lawmakers could be complicated by the looming elections, as anxious legislators, whose approval ratings have already sunk to record lows, prepare to face voters.
T20 World Cup
Sri Lanka Explorer