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  Schwarzenegger faces revolt by GOP in Capitol
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MediaNewspaper - Los Angeles Times
News DateFriday, June 29, 2007 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSACRAMENTO — Their uneasy coexistence with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now at the lowest point in his tenure, Republican state lawmakers are rebelling in increasingly public ways over administration efforts both big and small.

GOP state senators refused Thursday to sign off on the administration's request to pay for cost overruns in the state's foster care system. Republican objections to Schwarzenegger's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year all but guarantee that the state will miss its Saturday deadline for putting a new spending plan in place.

Republicans also rejected three of the governor's appointees for the board that oversees community colleges, and undermined his proposal for universal healthcare by requesting — and making public — a legal opinion that makes its political prognosis poor.

"In the past they would moan and groan privately," said Tony Quinn, a Republican political consultant and a denizen of Sacramento since Ronald Reagan was governor. "It would be very rare that they would openly defy the governor…. He kind of ignores them, and they deeply resent that."

As Republicans still reel over Schwarzenegger's partnership with Democrats last year to enact curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, the governor is now championing a healthcare plan they say will be disastrous for the state's economy.
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