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Transition Of Power: Governor Calls Fiscal Emergency, Special Session

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 6, 2010

Schwarzenegger's plan is largely recycled.  It would save ten billion dollars over two years and includes many ideas he hasn't been able to get through the legislature in the past.  Things like the elimination of CalWorks - the state's welfare-to-work program - and the elimination of nearly all support for state-funded child care.   Schwarzenegger acknowledges that the proposals haven't been successful in the past:

"You know, sometimes you try something over and over again and you never give up."

Schwarzenegger also calls for new limits on prescription drugs and doctor's visits for Medi-Cal patients and the use of red light cameras to catch speeding drivers.  The Governor has less than a month before he leaves office - but rejects the idea that he should just wait for Governor-Elect Brown to take over:

"I took the oath to serve as California's chief executive until January 3rd and I will serve the people of CA until the last second, until the next Governor is sworn in, so there's a lot of work that still can be done, so why would I stop in November or December?  It wouldn't make any sense."

But Democrats say it does make sense to negotiate with the incoming Governor.  Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says it's Brown and the new legislature that will have to live with the changes that are made:

"We will work and will work hard this month but I err on the side of actually completing the work once Governor - once Governor-elect Brown takes office."

Under an emergency budget session, lawmakers have 45 days to address the problem.  If they don't, they're not supposed to take up other bills.  But in 45 days, Governor Brown will already have taken over.

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