Peter Grigsby, Office of the Governor
Governor Schwarzenegger says he isn’t satisfied with reform measures included in the budget that state lawmakers approved earlier Tuesday. He says he’ll veto it. Jenny O’Mara reports.
Schwarzenegger says he wants stronger budget reforms. Specifically he wants tighter controls on when and how much money can be shifted from a so-called “rainy day fund” that’s included in the measure. The Governor says he won’t sign what he calls a “get out of town budget”.
“The way this budget is right now we will need a huge tax increase next year or to cut education severely. That is why I say we should fix the budget this year and realize there’s a structural problem…”
Senate Democratic Leader Don Perata says the Governor got most of what he wanted. Perata says he’s ready to override a veto.
“The fact of the matter is it’s the best the legislature could do with his inability to get any votes.
Republican votes are needed to pass a state budget—Democrats dropped tax increases to get them. Republican votes would also be needed for a veto override. Schwarzenegger says if they do override his veto—he in turn will veto hundreds of bills on his desk.