Voters knock down props 1A-1E

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers are meeting today to determine what to do next. Voters resoundingly defeated propositions on the special election ballot that the governor said would stave off the state government’s financial doom.

KPCC's Shirley Jahad has more.

California voters aren't giving state lawmakers or the governor any props.
Voters kicked to the curb propositions 1A through 1E, the complicated series of measures the governor and lawmakers wanted to deal with the state budget deficit. Critics say the effort was flawed.

Voters expressed confusion and exasperation with the whole affair. The one thing they agreed to was that state elected officials shouldn't get any pay raises when the budget is in the tank.

Governor Schwarzenegger issued a statement saying he 'respects the will of the people.' He says he wants to move forward to address the fiscal crisis with constructive solutions. The governor has said he would cut the school year by seven days, lay off 5,000 state workers, and take money from local governments, which likely means cuts to police and fire.