Sacramento
5:18 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Conway Says GOP Could Back Off Education Cuts if Prop 30 Fails

California’s budget calls for six billion dollars in automatic education cuts if voters reject Proposition 30 next week. But legislative Republicans say they would support reversing those cuts if the governor’s tax measure fails.

Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, who represents portions of the Central Valley, says the elimination of up to three weeks of school would be “devastating” – and if Prop 30 doesn’t pass, both parties should work together to find alternatives.

“I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy. But that’s our job. And that’s what people expect us to do. So we need to do some soul-searching and look around and figure out what we can do.”

Asked what cuts the GOP would support instead, Conway said Republicans proposed a budget earlier this year without new taxes or cuts to education.

“I don’t want to pinpoint what I would do at this point until I see if I have to. But I think everything should be on the table.”

Governor Jerry Brown has insisted he would veto any effort to overturn the trigger cuts. He says California must balance its budget – with taxes or without.