California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading for a dramatic and potentially humiliating showdown with the state legislature over the budget, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Schwarzenegger plans to veto the budget which largely relies on accounting sleight-of-hand to close a $15.2 billion shortfall. Legislators say they have enough votes for the first veto override in 30 years.
No California governor has vetoed a budget, but Schwarzenegger threatens to ax even more bills if his veto is overridden. "Hundreds will be vetoed," he warned. "Enough is enough. I will not sign a get-out-of-town budget that punishes taxpayers, pushes the problem into the future and has fake budget reform."