Calif Voters Order Govt Pay Cuts; No New Taxes, Gov Starts Slashing Budget, Services

Since Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger went to the State House in Sacramento, 50,000 new government workers have been hired by the state and the state budget has exploded.

Yesterday, California voters said enough: rejecting measures to borrow and calling for budget cuts.

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid should take note….

According to the L.A. Times, Schwarzenegger has called for cuts that would hit every corner of the state. He announced plans to lay off 5,000 of the state’s 235,000 workers and has proposed slashing education by up to $5 billion, selling state properties, borrowing $2 billion from local governments and potentially reducing eligibility for healthcare programs.
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“I respect the will of the people who are frustrated with the dysfunction in our budget system,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement from Washington conceding defeat. “In order to prevent a fiscal disaster, Democrats and Republicans must collaborate and work together to address this shortfall.”
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was dealt a crushing ...

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was dealt a crushing defeat as voters rejected a series of ballot initiatives designed to help plug the state’s spiraling budget deficit.

(AFP/Getty Images/Kevin Winter)

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Only salary curbs survive in a rout of Schwarzenegger’s slate of reforms
By Eric Bailey
The Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2009
Reporting from Sacramento — The “big five” elected leaders — Schwarzenegger and the legislative chieftains from both houses — are slated to begin closed-door meetings today upon the governor’s return from Washington, where he spent election day after casting a last-minute absentee ballot.

On Thursday a small group of Senate and Assembly members will hold the first of what’s expected to be a slew of daily public sessions to wrangle over the details of the budget.
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Schwarzenegger has called for cuts that would hit every corner of the state. He announced plans to lay off 5,000 of the state’s 235,000 workers and has proposed slashing education by up to $5 billion, selling state properties, borrowing $2 billion from local governments and potentially reducing eligibility for healthcare programs.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicted that the city’s budget could take a hit — but he vowed a fight: “I’m going to do everything I can to protect the city coffers.”

Worst-case scenarios also call for the release from state prisons of up to 19,000 illegal immigrants, who would face deportation, and the transfer of up to 23,000 other prisoners to county jails.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/l
a-me-props20-2009may20,0,5134709.story

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
5/19/california-the-poster-child-for-dysfunction/

http://pajamasmedia.com/eddriscoll/20
09/05/20/california-voters-dont-just
-say-no-they-say-no-way/

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