BUDGET DAY PLUS 71 -- Governor Schwarzenegger is keeping his poker face firmly in place, promising to reject any spending plan that doesn't reform the process of budgeting itself, and rejecting calls to ease the pressure for a deal by moving forward on a temporary appropriation for those state services that aren't being paid for.
That was the general message of a ten minute one-on-one interview with Schwarzenegger this morning, one of several he's given to reporters in the past few days as a way of trying to stoke a new fire under the embattled Legislature.
And on those calls that he should be moving forward on some temporary financial solution to the many vendors who provide everything from care for the disabled to meals to prisoners... the governor says the people need to get fired up.
It is very important that the people that feel they are suffering, that they raise hell here," he said. "They [should] come to the Capitol, they call the legislators, and they get this budget done, because it's unfair to innocent people that are out there."
So does that mean he won't request a temporary funding proposal for these services, no matter what?
Schwarzenegger's insistence on a budget without temporary solutions comes as some still believe that a budget with some kind of borrowing mechanism might ultimately be in the cards.
And if he doesn't get the two reforms he wants -- a bigger rainy day fund and new power to cut spending in the middle of the year?
"If we cannot put a rainy day fund together," said the governor, "we're not going to have a budget. I'm not going to sign a budget... regardless of the day on the calendar."
An extended version of the interview can be heard tomorrow morning on The California Report, and the entire Schwarzenegger interview can be heard this week here online on the Capital Notes Podcast.