Tuesday’s rebuke of the budget plan at the polls marked a day of reckoning, Silva said.
“The sense that I get today is that tax increases are no longer on the table,” Silva said.
The Democrats in the majority will have to turn to slashing spending, he added.
“The people have spoken. There’s just a point in time where we have to say we can’t raise any more revenue with taxes. We’ll just have to live within our means,” Silva said.
Three months after finally balancing a $42-billion deficit, the state is still staring down a $21.3-billion shortfall, following voters’ decision in the special election not to approve several propositions meant to close at least some of the gap. Even if voters approved the propositions the state still had to figure out a way to paper over a $15-billion deficit.
Five of the state’s budget reform measures, which would have borrowed to make delayed payments to schools, cap state spending and other measures, were crushed in Tuesday’s special election.
“These results certainly were not unexpected, based on the original polls,” Huntington Beach City School District Board President Rosemary Saylor said.
“So along with probably all the other districts in the state, we will just sadly be moving forward with many cuts.”
Saylor said her district has several plans in place to cover contingencies, and is now waiting on the state’s May budget revision.
Bonnie Castrey, president of the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board, was on her way to Sacramento on Wednesday morning to lobby for education.