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Schwarzenegger: 'People are writing California off. They are talking about the end of the California dream'

June 2, 2009 | 10:54 am

Arnold mug 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.

If Schwarzenegger and lawmakers can't come to agreement on the budget far more quickly than they have in the past, the state could run short of cash. California Controller John Chiang last week said the state would be unable to pay bills starting July 29. He urged the governor and Legislature to fix the problem by June 15 to avoid further damaging the state's ability to borrow and hurting individuals and businesses that depend on state government.

"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."
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-- Michael Rothfeld
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