California Voters Reject Tax Hikes

May 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
California voters said "no thanks" to a series of tax hikes Tuesday night. Now Governor Schwarzenegger said devastating cuts to state programs are coming. California voters have rejected a slate of propositions designed to close the state's massive budget deficit. The only one that passed was Proposition 1F. It limits pay raises to elected office holders while the state is running a deficit.

Governor Schwarzenegger was the face of the propositions and pushed for their passage. He was in Washington D.C., Wednesday morning, talking about the voters and the massive cuts coming to the state.

There's a certain point where you feel it will be devastating to some people. And we try to not make those cuts, but now we have to. That's the message from the people, go all out and live within your means," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "We've seen loud and clear from the results. A majority of people told Sacramento go do the work yourself. Don't come to us with your problems."

The governor said once he gets back to Sacramento he will immediately meet with legislative leaders to work out a new budget deal.

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