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Transition of Power: Schwarzenegger Budget Plan Likely On Ice

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 9, 2010

Budget committees in both houses discussed Schwarzenegger's ten billion dollar plan.  He relies mostly on cuts to health and social services.  Democratic Senate budget Chair Mark Leno says there's no plan to meet again about the proposal before January. That's when Governor-Elect Jerry Brown takes over.  During the hearing, Leno stressed that California voters will be part of solving the deficit:

"If, conditionally, if  there is going to be any new revenue that we don't have currently, to address this now 25 to 28 billion dollar hole over the next 18 months, it's only going to be with voter approval."

That's because Brown promised during his campaign not to raise taxes without a vote of the people. This week Brown hosted a town-hall style budget briefing for lawmakers and local government leaders.  He called the budget mess "much worse than it's ever been before," and encouraged bipartisan cooperation.

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