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Schwarzenegger, Legislature at Odds on Cutting Public Transit Funding

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It's not that one side is not planning to save or even increase public transit funding, it's that they are cutting it and disagree by how much, according to the LA Times. In his budget plan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed eliminating public transit funding via the state's voter-approved gasoline tax and then replacing it with a new tax to help solve the state's budget crisis. In the end, drivers would pay about 5-cents less per gallon at the pump.

Democrats in the legislature pushed through a package that could save $4 billion, but Schwarzenegger said he would veto $1.1 billion of it dealing with the gas tax. The package mirrored Schwarzenegger's vision, except that it saved some of the money for public transit instead of fully eliminating it. "I cannot sign this flawed legislation," Schwarzenegger said. Drivers would not see a difference at the pump.