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Schwarzenegger to propose 'ugly cuts' for Calif.

Californians can expect a relatively simple but painful solution when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils his plan Monday for closing a $6 billion deficit as he makes one final attempt to balance the state budget before leaving office: spending cuts.

That will be different than when he signed a budget in October after the longest impasse in state history, a plan that was criticized even before Schwarzenegger signed it for being unrealistic and out of balance.

"You can expect ugly cuts," Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said. "There's not a whole lot of ways you can go about it at this point. We have a set amount of money, less than we thought we were going to have, so we can't spend the money we don't have."

Don't expect Democratic lawmakers who control both houses of the Legislature to simply go along with whatever austerity program the outgoing Republican governor proposes. Throughout the year, they have rejected his most drastic proposals, including the elimination of CalWORKS, which provides cash and work assistance to more than 300,000 adults and more than 1 million children from needy families.

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