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Schwarzenegger’s legacy will likely improve with time

January 1, 2011

As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prepares to end his second and final term as California’s chief executive Monday, his public approval ratings are at an all-time low, the media are beating him up for his record in office, and few if any of his fellow politicians are rising to his defense. Schwarzenegger deserves much of the flogging that he’s been absorbing in his final days on the job. But the real story of his seven years as governor is more complex than it appears at first glance. And historians may view his tenure in a better light than those who are judging him based only on the condition of the state and its economy on the day he leaves office.

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Judge stops child care cuts, for now

November 5, 2010

An Alameda County superior court judge gave a short reprieve Friday to thousands of California families on the verge of losing state-subsidized child care. But the judge — Wynne Carvill — made it clear in the order that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of all funding for the program means that the benefits will eventually disappear unless the veto is reversed by the Legislature or new Gov. Jerry Brown. Failing that, only the timing of the end of the program, and the notice given to recipients, are at issue, the judge said.

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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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In final budget, Schwarzenegger wins pension change he pushed seven years ago

October 8, 2010

Seven years after he first proposed it, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week finally achieved his goal of rolling back most state worker pensions to levels that existed before lawmakers, relying on the fruits of a booming 1990s stock market, boosted benefits with a bill they passed in 1999. The change has been one of Schwarzenegger’s goals since the day he took office.

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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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Schwarzenegger: No budget til he leaves office?

July 26, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger caused a stir in the Capitol Monday when he told reporters he wouldn’t sign a budget that didn’t include long-term reforms, even if it means the state goes without a new spending plan until he leaves office in January.

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Governor signs bill for borrowers, renewable projects

April 12, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed Senate Bill 401, which will extend a law that exempts homeowners who get mortgage debt relief from having to pay income tax on their savings as if it were a gift.

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What the fight over transit funding is really all about

March 17, 2010

You may be hearing or reading today that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will veto the Democrats’ plan to cut public transit funding. If that sounds odd, it’s because the real story is the reverse. The governor actually opposes to the bill because it gives too much to transit, in his view, not too little. He is trying to zero out their budgets.

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Appeals court blocks Medi-Cal rate reduction

March 4, 2010

A federal appeals court has once again blocked California from reducing payments to doctors and hospitals that care for the poor under the state’s Medi-Cal program, finding that the Legislature did not sufficiently study the impact of the cuts before enacting them. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also rejected the state’s attempt to cut reimbursements for the wages of in-home care workers by nearly 20 percent.

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Care for 1 million kids at risk

February 26, 2010

The California Budget Project has just released a county-by-county analysis showing the regional impact on children’s health care from the proposals in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget. Statewide the cuts would eliminate coverage for more than 1 million kids while forfeiting $1 billion in federal funds now coming to the state.

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