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Simon Out of Race, Still Has a Plan for State

He may be out of the race, but that hasn´t stopped Bill Simon from unveiling his plan to solve the state´s fiscal woes. Simon says he released the detailed proposal to prove the state´s budget gap can be closed without raising taxes.

The plan includes a 6.5 percent cut for all state departments, an audit to root out fraud and the sale of unused state assets like extra land.

Simon also wants specifically to cut $4.9 billion from 19 programs, including the elimination of optional Medi-Cal health benefits, and $677 million from the state´s fund for blind and elderly residents.

Simon pulled out of the race on Saturday, saying there were too many Republicans running to replace Governor Davis, should he be recalled. Simon trailed far behind other GOP contenders in most polls.