Governator Vows Veto Volley in Budget Battle

Showdown ahead with state lawmakers over funding sleight-of-hand
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2008 4:15 AM CDT
California legislators believe they have enough votes to override Governor Schwarzenegger's budget veto.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – 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."