A Look Into Gov. Brown's Proposed Budget Cuts
Here is a snapshot of some of the cuts the plan will make:
In one of the most controversial moves, the Healthy Families program will be eliminated, putting the children currently covered into Medi-Cal, according to the Los Angeles Times:
"The Brown administration has insisted there won't be gaps in children's healthcare coverage. But activists are concerned that medical care will be harder to find because doctors get less money for care they provide under Medi-Cal."
The plan will reduce state child care assistance by 8.7% and In-Home Supportive Services workers' hours by 3.6%, California Healthline reported.
California law enforcement will also receive cuts, reported the HuffingtonPost:
Some programs however, were not hit as hard as some expected.
Many state parks managed to stay open. The Los Angeles Times reported:
"While a total of 70 parks were originally targeted for closure, only five parks will close next week... Officials confirmed that 40 parks will stay open thanks to a patchwork of funding and operating agreements. An additional 25 parks will keep operating as more agreements are finalized."
The Cal Grant program will also receive cuts, but not as badly as previously expected. The Daily California reported:
“The Cal Grant A awards, which are given to the highest performing students and fund all four years of tuition, will not be affected by the line-item veto. Cal Grant B awards, which have lower income limits and academic requirements, will also remain unaffected. However, the entitlement award, which is part of the Cal Grant B package, will be reduced by 5 percent.”
Funding for public schools however, is on the line. The Budget statement reads:
"The Budget reinvests in schools and universities. Spending for K-14 schools increases by 14 percent--providing $6.7 billion in additional funding, $6.1 billion to schools and $570 million to community colleges."
However, the plan assumes is contingent on voters approving Brown's tax increase on the November ballot. According to Investors.com, public schools would suffer large cuts should the tax increase not pass.
“K-12 funding from the state general fund would be cut by just under $5.4 billion. That represents about 10% lopped off school district budgets.”
“If California voters reject the ballot initiative on higher taxes, the new budget calls for a series of automatic cuts to kick in, including three fewer weeks of public school for two years."
In a statement reported by Mercury News, Brown said that the budget will help the future of California:
"This budget reflects tough choices that will help get California back on track," Brown said in a statement. "I commend the Legislature for making difficult decisions, especially enacting welfare reform and across-the-board pay cuts. All this lays the foundation for job growth and continuing economic expansion."
However Republicans, zero of whom voted for Brown's spending plan, have sharply criticized the budget, saying it relies on gimmicks, as well as taxes that might not be passed. Sacramento Bee reported Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff's (R-Diamond Bar) comments on the budget.
"It's the typical kind of budget we've had in the past that kicks the can down the road," Huff said.
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