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Key elements of the $92 billion California state budget sent to Gov. Jerry Brown:

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POSTED June 27, 2012 9:06 p.m.


—Fills a $15.7 billion deficit. However, an estimated $8.5 billion in revenue is contingent on voters approving a Nov. 6 ballot issue calling for increasing the sales tax and raising income tax for people who make more than $250,000 a year.

—Phases in a two-year time limit for people enrolled in the welfare-to-work program to find a job. Currently, parents on welfare have four years.

—Allows Brown to furlough state workers without an agreement with their unions for a 5 percent reduction in wages.

—Merges service delivery in California's Medi-Cal program for those who are eligible for both Medi-Cal and Medicare. Reduces payments to hospitals.

—Eliminates the children's health insurance program Healthy Families. Moves 880,000 children currently enrolled to Medi-Cal.

—Reduces child care assistance by 8.7 percent, which will cut slots available to low-income families by 10,600.

—Requires higher graduation rates for colleges and universities to qualify for state college aid. Reduces Cal Grants beginning in the 2013-14 school year from about $9,700 to $9,000. The grant is lowered again to $8,000 in 2014-15. Students planning to attend for-profit colleges like University of Phoenix will get even less financial aid, about $4,000.

—Extends a 3.6 percent across-the-board cut for in-home care.

—Calls for about $6 billion in cuts to take effect on Jan. 1 if voters do not approve the tax initiative. About $5.5 billion would come from reducing the public school year from 175 days to 160 for two years. Almost all the rest would come from cuts to the University of California and California State University systems.


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