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New poll shows support for Brown’s budget

January 26, 2011

By Daniel Weintraub

Californians are not too fond of Gov. Jerry Brown so far and they don’t quite understand the state’s budget mess, but they seem to like the ideas that Brown has put on the table for solving the state’s fiscal predicament, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Brown proposes deep cuts in health, social service programs

January 10, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal calls for deep cuts in health and social service programs that form California's safety net. Brown wants to cut $1.7 billion from Medi-Cal, 1.5 billion from CalWorks, and $750 million from the Department of Developmental Services. Brown would limit access to Medi-Cal services, including prescription drugs and place stricter time limits on welfare. He also proposes to limit reimbursements for home care for people who need help with daily living so they can remain in their homes and not in an institution.

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Brown: All Californians must share the pain in tough times

January 3, 2011
In a short, blunt but largely optimistic inaugural address, Gov. Jerry Brown promised to “speak the truth” about California’s problems and called on his fellow citizens to pull together and sacrifice for the common good of their state. He said his first budget will be “painful” but “honest,” balancing spending with available tax revenues while shifting power and money from Sacramento to local government and the schools to increase accountability. “My plan,” Brown said, “represents my best understanding of our real dilemmas and our possibilities. It’s a tough budget for tough times.”

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Brown hears experts lay out scope of budget problem

December 8, 2010
Gov.-elect Jerry Brown convened a forum on the California’s budget situation Wednesday, declaring that the state faced a “very serious” crisis that dated to decisions made over the past decade. “I’m determined to do everything I can to get us back on track,” Brown said. Brown, who will take office Jan. 3, tried to keep specific solutions off the table Wednesday, instead asking state finance officials to lay out the scope of the problem.

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Governor proposes new cuts in health and social service programs

December 6, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday proposed more than $7 billion in spending cuts to try to rebalance his final budget before he leaves office in January. Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal emergency and called the Legislature into special session to deal with his plan. But Democratic leaders have already signaled that they will probably ignore the governor’s proposals and wait for Gov.-elect Jerry Brown to be sworn into office on Jan. 3. Most of the cuts Schwarzenegger proposed would affect health and social service programs.

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Bleak budget forecast: $25 billion shortfall

November 11, 2010
California's fiscal outlook is even worse than legislators and most Capitol observers assumed when lawmakers patched together a budget in October 100 days after the start of the current fiscal year. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's office, widely respected for its work on budget issues, projected Wednesday that the state will face a $25 billion shortfall in the budget for the fiscal year that begins next July. And the problem could be worse, if court cases break against the state or Congress and President Obama extend estate tax relief that would indirectly cost California's treasury nearly $3 billion.

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Schwarzenegger condemned for cutting nearly $1 billion from budget

October 10, 2010
Democratic lawmakers and advocates for the poor harshly criticized Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over the weekend after he vetoed nearly $1 billion from the state budget, much of it from programs intended to aid low-income families. Schwarzenegger sliced $962 million from the spending plan sent to him by the Legislature 100 days after the start of the fiscal year July 1.

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Budget plans spares health, welfare programs from deep cuts governor proposed

October 6, 2010
The state budget package laid out by legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger scales back the most drastic cuts to health and social service programs the governor proposed earlier this year. Schwarzenegger’s proposal to eliminate the CalWorks welfare-to-work program and most of the state’s subsidized child care do not appear in the final agreement. His plan to eliminate community mental health programs and adult day care were also dropped from the final deal. And Schwarzenegger’s proposal to eliminate services to many of the elderly and disabled people who get –in-home care to help with their daily living was drastically pared back.

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Court backs governor’s use of line-item veto

October 4, 2010
The Supreme Court's ruling that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acted within the law when he used his line-item veto to reduce spending on health and social service programs is more far-reaching than the court's narrowly crafted approval of the governor's furlough order.

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Budget votes won’t lead to anything, anytime soon

August 30, 2010

By Daniel Weintraub

After weeks of inaction, get ready for a flurry of activity Tuesday on the state budget. And then more inaction.

The votes scheduled for Tuesday will change little. Democrats will put a portion of their proposed budget up for a vote — minus the tax increases — and Republicans will vote against it or abstain.

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