Governor Schwarzenegger says he’s concerned over news that some vendors will no longer supply parts for state firefighting aircraft until they get paid. He says it’s time to sign a budget.
“I want to assure all Californians that I will not let the budget impasse threaten their safety. But we are now getting to a place where the daily operation of government that millions of Californians rely on are being threatened…”
Schwarzenegger says he has an executive order ready so that he can authorize funds in the event of an emergency. Meanwhile legislative leaders in the Senate have been meeting to try to break the impasse. GOP Republicans issued a list of additional spending cuts—more than 800-million dollars worth. But the Democratic head of the state Senate says a budget approved last week by the Assembly reflects how far they’re willing to cut—and anything further will be up to the Governor and his veto power.