Jul 30 2009

Schwarzenegger Goes Further Than Legislature to Gut Programs for Children, Poor

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schwarzeneggerGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger drew sharp criticism on Tuesday for using his authority to make line-item vetoes in the State budget. The governor cut even more state-run social programs to save an additional $656 million, including $80 million from the county run Child Welfare Services Program. The CWSP is a service that responds to reports of child abuse and neglect across the state. Schwarzenegger described the package as containing “the good, the bad and the ugly,” the ugly referring to his additional cuts to adult day health care, health care for the poor and AIDS prevention efforts. About 100 of the state’s 279 parks also face closure, some as early as Labor Day. Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation said, “the governor’s heartless act is not only deadly, but guaranteed to cost California taxpayers millions more in the future.” Democratic negotiators have questioned whether the governor had the authority for many of his vetoes, arguing that he can only reduce new appropriations, not revisions handed down by the legislature. Even with the revised budget deal, California will need to borrow 8 to 10 billion dollars to cover its cash needs this year. The state faces another deficit of 7 to 8 billion dollars next year.

GUEST: Sonya Vasquez, Policy Director of Community Health Councils Inc.

For more information, visit www.chc-inc.org.

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7 Responses to “Schwarzenegger Goes Further Than Legislature to Gut Programs for Children, Poor”

  1. Kathleen Greeneon 01 Aug 2009 at 12:29 pm

    How is this monster still walking around loose? His reward for all he’s done for California prisons (not those who are in them, however)should be that he gets to live in one!

    The only blame more than Schwartznegger’s is that of the fools and knaves who voted for him. Seriously, if you can’t make a more informed choice, you shouldn’t vote!

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