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Political Analysis: A Political Nightmare For Governor Schwarzenegger

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Aired 10/28/09

A recent drop in poll numbers is showing how disappointed Californians are with Governor Schwarzenegger and the budget cuts he's approved. We'll discuss how those budget cuts are working and if there are any other ways out of California's budget mess.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks on the status of the state budget at the California Center for the Arts on June 12, 2009 in Escondido, California.
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Above: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks on the status of the state budget at the California Center for the Arts on June 12, 2009 in Escondido, California.

Maureen Cavanaugh: After IOU's, furloughs and deep cuts in state services, the word around Sacramento right now is that the state is still in very bad financial straights. In fact, some legislators are talking about another 20-billion dollar deficit coming up for California's budget in 2010.

The fiscal nightmare the state is living through has also become a political nightmare for Governor Schwarzenegger. The cuts he's approved to close the state budget deficit are unpopular and some are now saying, they may not be working.

Are the methods California is using to solve the budget crisis fair and fiscally sound? Who is really paying the price of closing these billion dollar budget shortfalls?

Joining us to discuss the politics of budget cuts is KPBS Political Correspondent, Gloria Penner...

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