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Schwarzenegger's budget ax went too far, Legislature's counsel says

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger exceeded his constitutional powers by slashing spending for several programs as part of an effort to cut $500 million out of California’s deficit-plagued budget, according to an opinion today by the Legislature’s legal counsel.

Schwarzenegger drew fire from Democrats last week after he used his "line-item veto" authority to cut spending for health, welfare and other programs to help fill the state’s $26-billion deficit hole.

-- Eric Bailey in Sacramento

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It will be interesting to see what position AG Jerry Brown
takes on this issue when a lawsuit is filed against Arnold's budget cuts.

In contrary, I think the Gov. didn't go far enough. Let me remind people that property taxes revenue for the state will be significantly reduced due to the free-fall in home price. What the Gov has done is perhaps only good enough (if we are lucky) to cover the deficit hole, and we wishfully the budget next year can be balance without further cut on spending. It is not going to happen. The revenues of the state will get worse next year, and by then more people will be glad that the Gov. did what he just did.

Yes education is very important to us, so as health care, welfare etc. But it doesn't justify to spend the money we don't have on these programs. They are the luxuries that we cannot afford at this moment.

Too bad the legislators were in such a hurry to start their Hawaii vacations, etc. that they couldn't stick around to get the job done, and left the Gov with a Billion deficit to deal with on his own. Wish I could give my boss the same excuse for not finishing my job. But, of course my family can't afford to take a vacation this year.

I am a Democrat. Shame on the democrats in the legislature...With all their pussyfooting around, the leave the last 500 million up to the govenor and then they say he exceeded his authority, rather than them having the balls to finish their job...I will vote out of office anyone I can in the next election.

What did they expect him to do after they broke their leaders' agreement and scratched $1.1 billion of revenue from the budget?


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