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Prop. 76 failure may spur tax hike, Arnold warns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With his Proposition 76 spending control plan trailing badly in the polls, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning voters he might be forced to reverse his stance and raise taxes if the measure fails in the Nov. 8 special election.

The measure, considered the cornerstone of the governor's ballot agenda, would impose spending caps on everything from education to health care and criminal justice. It also would give the governor new power to make cuts without legislative approval.

However, a recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California showed that Proposition 76 was favored by just 28 percent of likely voters, with 61 percent opposed and 11 percent undecided.

Schwarzenegger, who has until now been steadfast against new taxes, told a radio audience in Sacramento on Friday that if the spending cap is not approved he might have no choice.