Cash Crunch = No Fair

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sell several landmark state properties, including the Del Mar Fairgrounds, to raise about $1billion dollars, according to a published report.

Among the other landmarks being considering are Cow Palace near San Francisco and San Quentin State Prison, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported

The Governor is scheduled to release two versions of his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, and both will show California in a deep fiscal hole.  He says the state will face a $15.4 billion deficit starting July 1, a little more than four months after he signed a budget designed to eliminate the state's red ink.

The shortfall will grow by about $6 billion if voters reject three of five budget-related measures on Tuesday's special election ballot. His proposals will account for different outcomes from the election.

A recession that has left California with an unemployment rate exceeding 11 percent is largely to blame for the growing deficit, creating a steep drop in tax revenue.

The governor has hinted that teacher layoffs and cuts to the state workforce are ahead.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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