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Schwarzenegger Takes Responsibility For Failure Of Initiatives

Sacramento, CA — Two days after suffering a stinging election defeat, a conciliatory Governor Schwarzenegger is taking responsibility for the failure of his initiatives.

Voters rejected each of the initiatives Schwarzenegger was pushing on the ballot. He sought to implement a state spending cap and give the governor authority to make midyear budget cuts, change the way legislative districts are drawn, lengthen the probationary period for teachers and restrict the ability of public employee unions to raise money for political campaigns.

The governor says “The buck stops with me.” He also says he has learned that he needs more patience in seeking government reform. The governor met briefly with legislative leaders today. Democratic leaders say the governor promises to work with them on education, transportation and other problems facing California.