facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Calif. lawmakers make deep budget cuts

March 17, 2011 at 7:16 PM   |   Comments

SACRAMENTO, March 17 (UPI) -- California lawmakers have approved deep budget cuts that would slash welfare programs and curtail health benefits for the poor and working families.

The package of bills that make up the budget plan to relieve the state from a $26.6 billion deficit will go to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

While passing the budget cuts, both houses of the California legislature shied away from a measure that is seen as the most controversial: putting additional taxes before voters in a June special election, the newspaper said.

In the bills that passed, lawmakers in both houses approved cuts to state welfare programs and aid for developmentally disabled people, and also voted to cut billions from the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families program for the poor.

Cuts and other fund shifts proposed by Brown, including funds for early childhood development and mental health services, total about $12.5 billion, while the tax package, if it were to be placed on the ballot and approved by voters, would bring in $14 billion.

"The Legislature stepped up and made some very tough cuts today," Brown spokesman Gil Duran said. "Some of these cuts are not easy to make, but they are necessary in order to get the state's fiscal house in order."

Topics: Jerry Brown
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Madeleine McCann report finds authorities hindered investigation
2
Obama approval rating hits record low in blue California
3
Iran boasts of nuclear energy potential
4
Mary Landrieu hit with residency, ethics complaints
5
Islamic State allegedly beheads second American journalist
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback