EDITORIAL HOPE IN SACRAMENTO GOVERNOR MAKES PROGRESS ON BUDGET DEFICIT AS DEADLINE LOOMS.FOR the first time in a very long while, the budget picture in Sacramento is looking a little brighter.
In just seven months, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈaloɪ̯s ˈʃvaɐ̯ʦənˌʔɛɡɐ] has turned state government away from the financial cliff it was thundering toward. He has the state on the right fiscal track, although some of the toughest issues of cost cutting need to be faced as the deadline for passing a budget draws near.
This is the result of his whittling Whittling is the art of carving shapes out of raw wood with a knife.
Whittling is typically performed with a light, small-bladed knife, usually a pocket knife. Specialised whittling knives are available as well. away, bit by bit, of the state's $13 billion deficit.
Critics labeled him a Gray Davis impersonator when Schwarzenegger presented a budget plan in January that came up with $350 million in federal funds Federal Funds
Funds deposited to regional Federal Reserve Banks by commercial banks, including funds in excess of reserve requirements.
These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve and $500 million from Indian gaming.
But recently he managed to finagle about $480 million in savings and new revenues from the Bush administration in Washington, D.C. - the state's ``fair share,'' he said.
And the governor is now renegotiating gambling compacts with the state's Indian tribes INDIAN TRIBE. A separate and distinct community or body of the aboriginal Indian race of men found in the United States.
2. Such a tribe, situated within the boundaries of a state, and exercising the powers of government and, sovereignty, under the national , which is expected to bring in as much as $1 billion to shore up next year's budget as well as millions more each year in exchange for allowing tribes to expand gambling operations. Add in the constitutional spending limit and the reform of the state workers' comp system earlier this year, and it's no wonder that every new poll shows Schwarzenegger's support among voters growing even stronger.
With a Republican president and Republicans in power in Congress, Schwarzenegger has benefited in a way that Democrat Davis could not in getting federal funds.
It's not really fair that getting a better share of federal funds depends on political affiliation. But's that's the way things have long worked, and at least California is currently on the winning side of the battle. In so many other fights for federal funds, such as the cutting up of the homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
Department of Homeland Security
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States pie, the most populous pop·u·lous
Containing many people or inhabitants; having a large population.
[Middle English, from Latin popul state gets short shrift short shrift
1. Summary, careless treatment; scant attention: These annoying memos will get short shrift from the boss.
2. Quick work.
Despite the improvement in the state's outlook, a lot of hard work remains to be done. The budget cuts that the governor and the Legislature hammer out in coming days are sure to be tough, and felt from one end of the state to the other.
Legislators need to understand that they got California into this mess and that getting a fiscally responsible budget signed by the end of the month is the least they can do in this election year.
Broad and deep support of voters remains Schwarzenegger's strongest weapon in getting a balanced budget Balanced budget
A budget in which the income equals expenditure. See: budget.
A budget in which the expenditures incurred during a given period are matched by revenues. on time, so voters have a chance to make a difference this election year by letting local legislators know that the mess in Sacramento needs to be cleaned up.