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Will Schwarzenegger veto the state budget?

September 16, 2008 | 12:33 pm

Just_say_no Speculation that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is gearing up to veto the budget this afternoon is rampant in Sacramento. Staff at the governor's office have been busily calling news directors at local television stations to ask that they make room on their evening programs for a live statement from Arnold.

Last night, the governor said he wouldn't sign a budget unless lawmakers strengthened future controls on spending, a demand state legislators refused to meet. Seems unlikely the governor would make such a big show of mentioning a veto if he didn't really mean it. Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger's communication shop won't comment other than to say Schwarzenegger plans to address the budget sometime today.

-- Evan Halper

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