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

August 5, 2009 |  1:53 pm

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