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Schwarzenegger to travel out of state as voters address latest budget propositions

Posted: May 18, 2009 10:05 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2009 8:00 a.m.
 
While California voters decide whether to pass six propositions designed to help fix the state's ailing budget, one of the ballot initiative's most vocal supporters, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, won't be in the state for the election.

Californians will vote on six ballot initiatives lauded by Schwarzenegger as the answer to California's deepening budget woes.

However, polling numbers indicate five of the six initiatives are likely to fail. Proposition 1F, which puts a cap on California legislator-pay in budget deficit years is leading by 2 to 1, according to the California Field Poll.

With five of six ballot initiatives strongly endorsed by Schwarzenegger looking likely to fail, the governor will fly to Washington, D.C. He will be on hand to hear President Barack Obama announce new clean-vehicle standards.

"I'm not surprised. I think (Schwarzenegger) thought there would be a better reception to the propositions," said Bruce McFarland, former president of the Democratic Alliance for Action, a Santa Clarita Valley political group.

For McFarland, the devil in the proposition was hidden in the details. "As people started to understand the propositions' impact, people on the left and the right began to oppose them," he said.

The Santa Clarita Valley Republicans also opposed all six propositions from the day they were drafted, said Joe Messina, member of the 38th Republican Central Committee. He shared harsh words for the governor, his absence during today's election and his support for the propositions.

"I don't think it makes much of a difference what state he's in," Messina said, speaking of the governor. "We know where he stands on the issue."

While local Democrats don't plan to gather and watch the vote tallies come in, the Santa Clarita Valley Republicans and the members of the 38th Republican Central Committee will meet at Route 66 Classic Grill 18730 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

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