He Says Haircut, They Say Buzzcut

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Governor Schwarzenegger just wrapped up a campaign event outside the Capitol in support of Proposition 11, but all the questions (damn pesky reporters) were about the state's ailing finances.

The questions come on the heels of a much talked about private meeting the guv held Tuesday with education lobbyists and advocates -- a meeting where he reportedly said things are bad, and public schools will bear part of the burden.

Schwarzenegger reiterated that message in public today.

"Since everyone has to take a haircut," said the governor, "it's natural that education has to take a hit."

The entire comment that was lifted from is below, where the guv goes on to talk about the need for "creative" solutions to what may now be a $10 billion... or more... shortfall.

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As you might imagine, the education community takes issue with how much of a trim that schools might be getting in any budget cutting propopsal. They're calling talk of a $3 billion cut in education sectors a "catastrophe."

Expect such talk, and fighting, to dominate California political circles a week from now, when Schwarzenegger officially summons lame duck legislators back to Sacramento.

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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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