From the San Jose Mercury News–
SACRAMENTO—A frustrated Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger turned up the pressure on lawmakers Wednesday, saying he will veto any bills sent to him until they pass a state budget.The governor called a mid-afternoon news conference to express his dismay that Democratic and Republican lawmakers have not yet compromised on a spending plan. They remain at odds over how to close the state’s $15.2 billion deficit.
California is the only state with a fiscal year beginning July 1 that remains without a budget.
Schwarzenegger has warned that California faces a cash crisis and told reporters on Wednesday that passing a budget is the only issue the Legislature should focus on.
“Nothing in this building is more important than a responsible budget and to fix our broken budget system,” he said. “We do not have the luxury of stretching out this process any longer.”
I couldn’t be more proud of being a Californian than I am right now. A total embargo on new laws is one of the first steps towards a free society, and Schwarzenegger has taken this step for us (even if it is for the wrong reasons). Just last week he also took a swipe at wholesale reduction of government by signing an executive order eliminating more than 10,000 temporary, part-time and contract positions and cutting pay for thousands of state workers to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour.
Of course, the latter move is being challenged in the courts, but it’s still a brilliant plan. Now if only we could keep thos jobs gone and those salaries that low even after this supposed “budget crises” has been resolved.