Schwarzenegger: Bring on the Cuts

The governor plans sweeping, across-the-board cuts to state services to balance the California’s $21 billion deficit after voters soundly rejected five budget compromise measures on Tuesday. According to the Chron, Schwarzenegger interprets the voters’ decision as a mandate to not raise taxes. “I think that the message was clear from the people,” he said. “Go all out and make those cuts and live within your means.” Schwarzenegger is likely to propose cuts to education, healthcare for the poor, and law enforcement, according to the San Jose Mercury News. For Alameda County, the defeat of the ballot measure will mean an additional $70 million financial problem, on top of the $178 million budget hole the county already has, according to the Trib. The Trib also has reported that the state’s budget mess will severely impact Oakland public schools and other local school districts.

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