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Proposed funding cuts in Gov. Jerry Brown's budget

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POSTED January 5, 2012 8:05 p.m.

 

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Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposes $4.2 billion in cuts and adds $1.1 billion to the state's reserves, as well as revenues he hopes to generate from his proposed temporary increases in the sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy. The cuts Brown proposed include:
Health and Human Services:
— $946.2 million in cuts to CalWORKs, the state's main welfare program by reducing assistance to families who are not meeting work requirements.
— $842.3 million in cuts to Medi-Cal, California's health care program for the poor by merging service delivery for those who are eligible or both Medi-Cal and Medicare.
— $163.8 million in cuts to In-Home Supportive Services by eliminating domestic assistance for people in shared living arrangements.
— $86.9 million in cuts to other health and human services programs.
Education:
— $544.4 million in cuts to education funding under Proposition 98 by eliminating supplemental funding for schools associated with the elimination of the sales tax on gasoline and other adjustments to the state's education funding guarantee.
— $446.9 million in cuts to state-funded child care programs by reducing assistance to families who are not meeting work requirements.
— $301.7 million in cuts to the Cal Grant student loan program by reducing grants for students attending private and other cuts.
—$28 million in other education funding cuts.
Other reductions:
— Repealing or suspending many state mandates on local governments that Brown believes are unnecessary and burdensome, saving $828 million.
The governor proposed another $5.4 billion in so-called trigger cuts that would take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, if voters do not approve his tax initiative on the November ballot. Some of those additional cuts include:
— Another $4.8 billion in education funding, which is equivalent to three weeks of school.
— $200 million each to the University of California and California State University systems.
— $125 million to state courts.
— $15 million to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
— $6.6 million to flood control programs.
— $1 million to park rangers.
— $1 million to game wardens.
— $1 million to lifeguards.
Proposals for increased funding:
— $15.9 million for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, including $6.8 million in administrative support Brown says is needed for legal analysis, accounting, staff, IT services, environmental planning and financial consulting.
— $25 million and 135 jobs to complete primary engineering work on the Delta Habitat Conservation and Conveyance Program, which is developing a habitat recovery plan for endangered and sensitive fish and wildlife in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
— Authorizes the state to spend about $1 billion the state is estimated to bring in in the first year of its cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for things such as clean energy, natural resource protection and sustainable infrastructure.

 

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