Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The unforgiving minute

This morning's L.A. Times:

Schwarzenegger to seek federal help for California budget

Reporting from Sacramento - Facing a budget deficit of more than $20 billion, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to call for deep reductions in already suffering local mass transit programs, renew his push to expand oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast and appeal to Washington for billions of dollars in federal help, according to state officials and lobbyists familiar with the plan.

If Washington does not provide roughly $8 billion in new aid for the state, the governor threatens to severely cut back -- if not eliminate -- CalWORKS, the state's main welfare program; the In-Home Health Care Services program for the disabled and elderly poor, and two tax breaks for large corporations recently approved by the Legislature, the officials said.

Good thing all those anti-tax/small-government types were too smart to let that former governor raise vehicle registration fees in 2003, or they'd be in a hell of a mess right now.

Minute's up.

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