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California state budget, at a glance
The Associated Press

http://www.bakersfield.com/119/story/59066.html

California lawmakers planned to vote Tuesday on a roughly $131 billion state budget. If approved and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, it would:

BOOST EDUCATION FUNDING - Increase school funding from $50 billion this year to $55 billion next year. The funding would include money for music, art and physical education programs that Schwarzenegger supports. School districts also would be able to apply for $534 million in grants to buy new books and pay for other one-time expenses.

REPAY DEBT - Pay down $2.8 billion of general fund debt, including bond payments and money owed for transportation projects.

FULLY FUND TRANSPORTATION - Pay the full $1.4 billion owed to transportation projects under Proposition 42, and repay another $1.4 billion owed to transportation funds from past years.

EXPAND SOCIAL SERVICES - Improve foster care for 70,000 children ($75 million). Increase the income levels for subsidized child care eligibility ($67 million). Pay for cost-of-living increases for the elderly, blind and disabled ($42 million).

REDUCE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FEES - Cut community college tuition from $26-per-credit to $20-per-credit. Spend $130 million to keep University of California and California State University tuitions at their current levels.

HIRE NEW JUDGES - Hire up to 50 new judges ($5.5 million). Also, expand anti-gang programs ($6 million), and increase efforts to catch Methamphetamine dealers ($6.5 million).

EXTEND "YACHT TAX" - Charge Californians an estimated $28 million in taxes on boats, aircraft or other vehicles purchased outside the state.


7 posted on 06/26/2006 8:38:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Help the "Pendleton 8' and their families --- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks!

Something for everybody--except the small government folks who don't rely on Sacrameto and DC for freebies.


8 posted on 06/26/2006 9:40:39 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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