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Dennis Hollingsworth
Note to budget doctors: Don't spare the knife
Note to budget doctors: Don't spare the knife

Bill Lockyer has some simple, blunt advice for Democratic legislators struggling to make painful budget cuts: Just assume you're not going to get reelected. Then dig in and slash. Democrat Lockyer -- the state treasurer, former attorney general and longtime legislator who was Senate leader -- has experienced many budget brawls, but never a deficit hole as seemingly bottomless as this. Never before has the state staggered so desperately from crisis to crisis. Next up: The state runs out of cash, can't pay its bills and begins to shut down by the end of July unless it can sell routine short-term bonds. And the treasurer says he won't be able to find enough investors unless the...

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