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A nuanced response to Schwarzenegger's budget proposal

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Within seconds after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released his revised budget proposal today, the predictable responses started pouring in.

The SEIU called it "a wrecking ball to the state's economic foundation."

The Manufacturers and Technology Association said it puts the focus away from "extracting" taxes from folks and on to creating jobs.

The state PTA called it "brutal."

Republican lawmakers applauded. Democrats jeered.

And then there was Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, the Republican from Santa Clarita who represents much of Simi Valley. His response sounded, well, a little more like that of a grown-up.

Here's a portion of the statement issued by Smyth's office:

"The May Revise released by the governor today continues to demonstrate just how much challenging work we have to do between now and June 30. Last year I voted against cuts to health and human service programs and supported the maintenance factor to ensure that education received full funding. I am frustrated that cuts to vital social programs have formed the bedrock of the governor's May Revise, but I also recognize the situation we find ourselves in and remain committed to working with my colleagues to find solutions that protect essential priorities like job creation, classroom funding, public safety and social services."

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