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Layoffs on hold pending budget meeting

February 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
State workers get a reprieve from Governor Schwarzenegger. The governor decided not to send out layoff notices Friday. He's put the layoff plan on hold while he waits to see if legislators approve a budget plan Saturday.Lawmakers in Sacramento are under pressure not to approve the tax hikes in the plan.

Whether it's by phone, by fax or by e-mail, Republican lawmakers have been flooded with anti-tax messages.

"I've gotten dozens and dozens and dozens of phone calls by irate constituents about the $14-billion tax increase," said Assm. Ted Gaines (R-Asst. GOP Leader)

KFI, a popular and powerful Southern California radio station that carries the "John and Ken Show," has declared war on any Republican voting for tax increases, even putting on its Web site the heads of GOP members on a stick. That implies they are toast at the next election.

Assemblyman Anthony Adams knows that. "It's a huge amount of pressure," he said.

"All of these things are going to be painful. But we've gotten ourselves into a position where we have no other choices, and the worst thing we can do, bar none, is to do nothing," said Assm. Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia).

Democrats aren't off the hook either.

The cuts to social services are very deep -- nearly $16 billion.

There are protestors that feel betrayed by a party that typically sticks up for the poor.

"When you stick with a party when it's going against everything you know is right, you're selling yourself out," said disabled senior citizen Petrita Powers.

State Senator Lou Correa, a Democrat who represents parts of conservative Orange County, won his seat on a "no new taxes" pledge. Democratic leaders wonder if they'll be able to hang onto those seats in the next election.

"We're always worried about that. Frankly, tomorrow's vote is just one of many difficult decisions Assemblymembers will have to make this year," said Assm. Speaker Karen Bass (D-Assembly Speaker).


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