Governor Settles on Support for Ballot Initiatives

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Governor Schwarzenegger quickly endorsed the budget and redistricting plans OK'd by the coalition that calls itself Citizens to Save California, but said he's optimistic he can work out a deal with lawmakers to avoid a costly ballot fight.

"I have hope that the time is coming now that the legislators will come to the table and we'll start negotiating."

Political analyst Tony Quinn says Schwarzenegger is under increasing pressure to make a deal with legislative leaders.

"I think the governor is hurt by the perception that this is becoming much more of a partisan issue.  He's also hurt by these consistent fundraisers because all the attention is on the protesters."

Citizens to Save California is vowing to spend up to ten million dollars in the next six weeks to collect the hundreds of thousands of signatures needed to put their reform measures on the ballot.