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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said California's Democratic-led Legislature is putting union interests over taxpayers' well-being.
The governor made cutting remarks in Los Angeles on Thursday as the state prepared to issue its first IOUs instead of payments since 1992.
Schwarzenegger said Democrats have resisted reforms he said must be part of solving the state's $26.3 billion shortfall. He said the state must cut out waste.
The governor recently proposed changes to cut state employees' pensions and adopt fraud-prevention measures for in-home caregivers. Democrats don't want policy changes to be part of budget negotiations.
Schwarzenegger said the Legislature's failure to pass a balanced budget revision sent a message that they expect Californians to make sacrifices but won't do the same.
"According to the CTA's parent union, the National Education Association, California teachers were the nation's top-paid, with $64,424 average annual salary in 2007-08.
Don't take just the NEA's word for it. The other mammoth national public school teacher union, the American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO, said the year before the CTA study that "for the second consecutive year, California had the highest average teacher salary in 2006-07 at $63,640, or about 25 percent above the national average." r