“There have been protests every day,” Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said. “The bottom line is, we have to get to $24 billion.”
He said Mr. Schwarzenegger would accept more budget cuts instead of borrowing the money from local governments. But lawmakers in Sacramento “have not indicated that they are willing to come anywhere near the cuts the governor is proposing, let alone cut $2 billion more.”
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, who is spearheading efforts to write an alternative budget proposal that is expected to be finished this week, said the final package would be a “balanced approach.”
“It will be a combination of revenues and cuts,” said Mrs. Bass, a Democrat from West Los Angeles. “Cuts will be deep and painful, but we will not eliminate basic safety-net programs.”
• Patrice Hill in Washington contributed to this report.