Help Wanted: New Budget "Genius"

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NOT AN EASY JOB: Budget watchers at the Capitol say it will not be easy for Governor Schwarzenegger to find a replacement for his soon-to-be-departing Finance Director, Donna Arudin, the person Schwarzenegger often referred to in news conferences as his "genius." Arudin's last day is tomorrow, with Deputy Director Mike Genest filling in on an interim basis.

Meantime, the Legislative Analyst pegs the 2005-2006 budget as being at least $6 billion in the red. And it will be harder to fill that gap next time around, after Proposition 58 (passed by voters in March) essentially made any more large borrowing off-limits.

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About John Myers

John Myers is senior editor of KQED's new multimedia California Politics & Government Desk.  He has covered California politics for most of the past two decades -- serving previously as Sacramento bureau chief for KQED News and, most recently, as political editor for KXTV News10 (ABC) in Sacramento. He moderated the only gubernatorial debate of 2014, and was named one of the nation's top statehouse reporters by The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter @johnmyers.

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