After $200 Million in Cuts, California's New Budget In Place
06.29.2012 | KQED News | Ben Adler
California's new budget is in place, with nearly $200 million dollars in line-item vetoes from Governor Jerry Brown. The cuts Mr. Brown announced yesterday include significant reductions to child care, food stamps and college financial aid.
The governor is slashing thousands of state-funded child care and preschool slots for kids and child nutrition programs at schools. He has cut more than $50 million in administrative costs for the state’s food stamp program, and reduced financial aid for students attending private and for-profit colleges. Living stipends for all students were cut by 5%.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s disappointed with the vetoes.
“Especially on child care and the parks. But we will find a way - we will find a way over time to restore,” he said.
Steinberg also says the blue pencil cuts could have been worse. That’s a view not echoed by some other Democratic lawmakers who criticized Brown’s actions as too harsh.