The Legislative Analyst office is out with its quick review of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revised budget, and the nonpartisan analyst recommends scrapping the governor’s proposals to eliminate welfare and subsidized child care. Similar savings can be achieved elsewhere in the budget, the office, says, with less pain to people who rely on the the state for survival or to be able to work while someone watches their children. But the LAO agrees with the governor that the situation is dire, and also agrees, at least in concept, that the Legislature should use this moment to make big changes that will save money in future years. As the image above shows, even if the Legislature adopted the governor’s proposals as they are, the state would still be facing multi billion shortfalls in the coming years.
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