As it had promised for weeks, the California Redevelopment Association Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court to stop a $2.05 billion shift of redevelopment funds from local agencies to help balance the state general fund.

The shift was enacted as part of the revisions to the state’s fiscal 2010 budget.

Redevelopment interests prevailed in trial court when the state tried to shift $350 million from them as part of the fiscal 2009 budget.

The state dropped its appeal in September.

We believe the second budget raid by lawmakers is just as unconstitutional as the first,” CRA executive director John Shirey said in a statement.  “Lawmakers ignored the state Constitution and attempted to write state budget legislation around it. That’s simply irresponsible policy-making, and it illustrates why many have concluded state government is broken and needs fixing.”

The Union City Redevelopment Agency in Alameda County and the Fountain Valley Agency for Community Development in Orange County joined the CRA as named plaintiffs.

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