Schwarzenegger: 'People are writing California off. They are talking about the end of the California dream'
Saying there has been "a transformation of what services Sacramento can provide," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pressed the Assembly and Senate this morning to move quickly to resolve the state's projected $24-billion budget shortfall.
The governor addressed a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chamber at 10 a.m., as lawmakers prepared to close a series of public hearings on the sweeping budget cuts Schwarzenegger has proposed over the last 2 1/2 weeks. He has proposed slashing almost every program area, including education, healthcare, social services, transportation, parks and prisons, and would borrow from local governments as well.
"People are writing California off. They are talking about the end of the California dream," the governor said in his prepared remarks. "They don't believe that we in this room have the courage and determination to do what needs to be done or that the state is manageable."