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Working With Dems? No Problem, Schwarzenegger Says

Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger says he sees no problem being able to work with the heavily Democratic state Legislature. But he cautions that if there is a problem, he´ll go “directly to the people.”

In California, that can mean a ballot initiative, such as the recall election itself.

Another well-known ballot measure was Proposition 13, which limited property taxes.

Some fiscal analysts say ballot measures have helped create the state´s fiscal woes by reducing revenue, as Proposition 13 did, or by mandating a service without saying how to pay for it. Schwarzenegger replies that through his leadership the Legislature will obey the will of the people, reducing the need for ballot initiatives.

Schwarzenegger released a 13-page list of people on his transition team, including the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco, both Democrats.