Gov. Brown Signs Budget Relying On Ballot Measures, Risking Automatic Cuts
The $92 million California general fund budget fixes a $15.7 billion deficit but an estimated $8.5 billion dollars of that is expected to come from two Nov. 6 ballot measures. The measures include increasing the sales tax as well as the personal income tax for people earning more than $250,000 a year.
If the measures fail, public schools, colleges and universities will face more than $6 billion in automatic spending cuts.
In a move that angered many Democrats, the budget also features cuts to children's healthcare and will transfer 880,000 children to Medi-Cal. The budget also includes cuts to the welfare-to-work program, reducing the amount of time parents in the program have to find work from four to two years.
Read it at the San Francisco Chronicle.
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