GLENDALE — In the wake of a meeting where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly told educators he may call for up to $4 billion in midyear budget cuts to education, state and local officials expressed concern about a crisis that may further impair an already struggling state education system.
In the private meeting, the governor told legislators Tuesday to brace for the midyear cuts, adding that he would make a push for a sales tax increase to help in closing the budget gap, according to Rick Pratt, assistant executive director for governmental relations at the California School Boards Assn., who was one of the education representatives at the meeting.
“He mentioned that the state right now is looking at possibly a $5-billion to $8-billion shortfall in general fund revenue,” Pratt said. The governor later said it could go as high as $20 billion by the end of next year, Pratt said.