Governor's Office Ready If Voters Reject Propositions On Special Election Ballot

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The governor’s office today (Tuesday, 5.5) acknowledged it’s preparing for a loss if voters reject a series of ballot measures in this month’s special election. 

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports…

Recent polls show five of the six propositions that would address California’s budget hole are trailing by at least ten points among voters.
Governor Schwarzenegger’s office is notifying some state agencies—including education, health care and human services that they should be prepared for deep cuts and possibly thousands of layoffs if the measures fail.
The Department of Finance says the state will be short nearly six-billion dollars.  Aaron McClear is Governor Schwarzenegger’s Press Secretary.  He says the governor’s proposed cuts are not a scare tactic… 
“We just got this information and I think it would be irresponsible not to share that information so these folks understand the depth and severity of these cuts and so they have time to prepare for it.  You know the other alternative is to know this information and not share it with the stakeholders.  I don’t think that’s fair to them…”
Governor Schwarzenegger has confirmed at least 17-hundred firefighters could receive pink slips if voters don’t support the propositions.  McClear says the governor is ruling out any more tax increases…so cuts are the only option left.
Opponents of the ballot measures say it’s simply a campaign strategy.