Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today said he would veto the long overdue budget lawmakers approved just hours before because it does not include long-term spending changes he wants.
The move extends the state's record-setting budget impasse and sets up what could be an unprecedented override attempt.
"People aren't getting paid, hospitals are in danger of closing, but I will not sign a get-out-of-town budget...that punishes taxpayers," Schwarzenegger said.
If lawmakers vote to override the veto, Schwarzenegger said, he will veto "hundreds" of bills awaiting action on his desk.
A marathon session of the Legislature ended at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday with the proposed compromise receiving the necessary two-thirds majority to pass the Assembly, 61-1, and the Senate, 28-12.
But lawmakers rejected one of Schwarzenegger's demands, which would have placed tighter limits on when and how much money could be transferred from the state's rainy-day fund.
It would take two-thirds of the Legislature to override the veto, and veto overrides are rare in California. The last time it was even attempted, according to the Speaker's office, was in 2003, and it failed.
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