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Schwarzenegger in LA to promote budget-cutting propositions
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09:00, May 18, 2009

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attended three church services here Sunday to promote six ballot propositions for the special election on Tuesday, although most of them do not have a prayer of passing.

The measures, proposed by the state legislature, are meant to reduce a 15-billion-U.S.-dollar deficit in the state budget.

The only one measure expected to be passed is Proposition 1F, which prevent the governor, state lawmakers and elected officials from receiving pay raises in years when the state has a deficit, recent polls showed.

Schwarzenegger released two revised budgets proposals last week, neither of which would enable the officials to get a raise if Proposition 1F passes as expected.

One of the proposed budget adjustments assumes the propositions pass, but still has a 15-billion-dollar deficit, while the other one assumes the propositions fail, which would result in the budget ballooning to 21 billion dollars, according to the Governor's Office.

Both budgets call for public spending cuts in areas like education, social services and corrections, layoffs of thousands of state workers and selling of some state assets, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the main stadium for the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games.

Selling off state facilities has drawn criticism from many who say the state would get a low return because property values have dropped after the recent real estate market crash.


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