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Schwarzenegger budget slashes education, releases 22,000 prisoners
Mercury News ^ | 1/10/08 | Mike Zapler

Posted on 01/10/2008 12:41:52 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Confronting the biggest crisis of his political career, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today proposed slashing payments to schools by billions of dollars, releasing tens of thousands of "low risk" inmates from prison early, and closing a number of state parks as part of a plan to fill a gaping $14 billion hole in the state budget.

The proposal immediately triggered howls of protest from lawmakers across the political spectrum and among some of the most powerful interest groups in the Capitol. The governor said he hopes to start a debate among Californians about what services they want from state government and how to pay for them.

Among the proposals are calls to cut of about 10 percent of public education funding, release 22,000 prison inmates over a two-year span and shutter 48 state parks, nearly one in five.

The reductions would result in an overall 3 percent reduction in spending from the $145.5 billion budget that the Republican governor signed last summer.

The governor asked the Legislature to cut more than $4 billion from schools, according to a copy of the proposed cuts obtained in advance by The Associated Press. That would require lawmakers to suspend provisions of Proposition 98, the voter-approved initiative that guarantees a minimum funding level for schools.

The sweeping budget proposal is the governor's attempt to exorcize the budget "demons" that paved the demise of his predecessor, Democrat Gray Davis, and helped propel Schwarzenegger into office in the 2003 recall election. Schwarzenegger promised to fix the state's finances during that campaign, but after falling short repeatedly, he turned to more rewarding issues such the environment and health care.

But the housing downturn and softening economy has thrust the budget back to the fore. ...

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: budget; california; education; prisoners; releases; schwarzenegger; slashes

1 posted on 01/10/2008 12:41:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Time for Arnold to pay the piper? Did he think revenues would keep going up forever?


2 posted on 01/10/2008 12:43:37 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NormsRevenge

bump


3 posted on 01/10/2008 12:46:21 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: NormsRevenge

Arnold’s administration’s theme song may end up being “Merry Go ‘Round Broke Down” (opening theme to Merrie Melodies cartoons).


4 posted on 01/10/2008 12:47:13 PM PST by pogo101
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To: NormsRevenge
Schwarzenegger budget slashes education, releases 22,000 prisoners

Great that's 22,000 more kids out on the street

Sometimes I love MSM headlines.

5 posted on 01/10/2008 12:47:25 PM PST by NeoCaveman (She's Ed Muskie in a pantsuit - Mike Murphy on Missus Clinton)
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To: NeoCaveman

I would bet that most of them are in for minor drug offenses that shouldn’t be crimes in the first place.


6 posted on 01/10/2008 12:56:57 PM PST by Raymann
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To: NormsRevenge
perfect timing in light of sanfansickos gun ban being overturned.
7 posted on 01/10/2008 12:57:56 PM PST by woollyone (entropy extirpates evolution and conservation confirms the Creator blessed forever.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wonder if he eliminated those hundreds of millions for the Embryonic Stem Cell Research?....LOL....wanna bet?


8 posted on 01/10/2008 1:00:09 PM PST by Seeking the truth (Queen Hillary faux postage stamps - 0cents.com)
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To: NormsRevenge
Here are some free ideas:
9 posted on 01/10/2008 1:05:06 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion
More ideas?

Recall Arnold.

10 posted on 01/10/2008 1:09:08 PM PST by lowbridge
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Governor declares fiscal emergency, spells out cuts to schools, Medi-Cal
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/10/BAALUD1CC.DTL&tsp=1

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The governor had warned in his State of the State speech Tuesday that he would not consider raising taxes as a means of closing the budget gap. Outside of a few, small proposals to increase fees, including one on homeowner insurance to help pay for rural firefighting, the governor’s budget does not include new taxes.

“I have made it very clear we cannot tax our way out of this problem,” Schwarzenegger said. “There’s no reason to tax anyone because our system doesn’t work.”

—snip—

To cut as much money as the governor is proposing, lawmakers would have to suspend Prop. 98 - an action that has only happened once, during the 2003-2004 fiscal crisis.

It is a move that is likely to face stiff opposition from the state’s powerful education lobby.

Just do it.


11 posted on 01/10/2008 1:16:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: Raymann

i think most minor drug offenses have titles like ‘theft’ and ‘assault’ and ‘dui’ and ‘domestic abuse’, cause drug offenders break all kinds of other harmless laws as they progress through their pathetic lives


12 posted on 01/10/2008 1:19:14 PM PST by jjw
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Schwarzenegger unveils proposed budget cuts - Healthcare and state parks would take strong hits in governor’s plan. He says reductions must be made to close a $14.5-billion deficit.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-budget11jan11,0,458683.story?coll=la-home-center

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Only a few areas would avoid cuts under his plan: spending on health benefits for retired public employees, payments to some long-term care facilities and state hospitals, juvenile justice programs and healthcare programs for inmates. Lawmakers are legally prohibited from making cuts to many of those programs, and the governor said others were “impractical to implement.”

Despite the state’s substantial existing debt, Schwarzenegger proposed asking voters for permission to borrow $38.3 billion more this year. He wants $11.9 billion to expand and improve the state’s water supply, $11.6 billion to pay for public school construction projects, $12.3 billion for community college and university building projects, and $2 billion to improve the state’s court facilities.

The governor’s borrowing plan also includes a $10-billion proposal for a high-speed rail project that is already on the November ballot.


13 posted on 01/10/2008 1:21:20 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

Arnold played Conan.
Arnold thinks he is King Richard.
Arnold the fool.


14 posted on 01/10/2008 1:26:08 PM PST by edcoil
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To: NormsRevenge
From the article:
Schwarzenegger also proposed selling $3.3 billion worth of bonds to plug the deficit.

i don't get it. he can claim he has a smaller deficit if he borrows the money?
15 posted on 01/10/2008 1:28:39 PM PST by jjw
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To: NormsRevenge

I predict the screwls will whine the loudest.


16 posted on 01/10/2008 1:30:37 PM PST by DungeonMaster (WELL I SPEAK LOUD, AND I CARRY A BIGGER STICK, AND I USE IT TOO!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Environmental Justice is supposed to be the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Agencies are directed to avoid, minimize or mitigate: (1) disproportionate health, environmental, social and economic effects on low-income populations; and (2) barriers to participation in the decision-making process and self-determination by low income populations.

What the Gov. and legislature could do is give impoverished rural areas a reprieve from strict enforcement of endangered species and other onerous environmental regulations. This, in turn, would decrease unemployment in these areas, creating natural resource jobs; decrease the need for welfare, domestic violence, substance abuse and other social programs; and decrease the need for agency personnel.


17 posted on 01/10/2008 1:30:38 PM PST by marsh2
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To: NormsRevenge

Slashing education sounds bad, but (frankly) is probably a good idea. The education bureaucracy is one of the most bloated. I’d bet, if you do it right, you could cut it by 1/3 with little, if any, effect. The problem is making sure you cut the fat without the muscle.


18 posted on 01/10/2008 1:33:23 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

19 posted on 01/10/2008 1:34:05 PM PST by businessprofessor
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

If I truly believed that “revenue shortage” was the problem, I’d look at those ideas. (And in the very long run, I’d look at them anyway.)

But the problem is spending, spending, spending.

Perhaps the only remedy is to shut the state government down for a period of time, only to restart once some constiutional change is in place to ensure spending control thereafter.


20 posted on 01/10/2008 1:34:34 PM PST by pogo101
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To: NormsRevenge

What a guy. You remember the one everyone voted for because he can win.


21 posted on 01/10/2008 1:45:48 PM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: rbg81
The education bureaucracy is one of the most bloated. I’d bet, if you do it right, you could cut it by 1/3 with little, if any, effect.

The problem is that the little cadres of bureaucrats have the power to decide who to fire and where the savings will come from. They will not let themselves be fired. They will accelerate retirements to get the high-salary tenured teachers out, then not replace them, and they will increase the ratio of students to teachers so more students will be in each class. They will buy fewer textbooks. They will turn off the heaters and air conditioners to the classrooms. They will eliminate custodians and librarians. They will close schools and bus students across town. But you can be certain that the top levels of administration at school districts will be unchanged. Quite possibly, they will hire additional high-level administrators to be in charge of implementing budget cuts.

22 posted on 01/10/2008 1:50:56 PM PST by webheart
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To: businessprofessor

Those are great ideas. Well done. I bet you don’t want to run for governor, though.


23 posted on 01/10/2008 1:58:48 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: pogo101

You are right. Cutting spending is the most practical move, but the unemployed “workers” will draw unemployment at least for the short term. We have to cut spending by 25% or more within the next year, or we will have to declare bankruptcy (this is a mere guess, though).


24 posted on 01/10/2008 2:01:20 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion
Parks have ALREADY been paid for thru the years by hard working taxpayers.....

now you suggest selling them to the rich and famous in California?...thanks alot......

cut the teachers benefits...cut the "correction" officiers benefits......cut where there is the most waste....not parks that are the one type of state entity that serves ALL....

25 posted on 01/10/2008 2:03:12 PM PST by cherry
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To: NormsRevenge

And Arnold hasn’t even implemented his revenue destroying global warming agenda. Time to put Tom McClintock in charge of the budget.


26 posted on 01/10/2008 2:03:21 PM PST by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Christ's Kingdom on Earth is the answer. What is your question?)
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To: NormsRevenge

$14 bill deficit, $10 bill in services to illegals.


27 posted on 01/10/2008 2:03:58 PM PST by purpleraine
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To: NormsRevenge
and closing a number of state parks

I've never understood "closing" a state park during a budget crunch. How about leaving it open yet unmanned?

28 posted on 01/10/2008 2:04:45 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Lawyer Jay Grodner stands accused of keying a Marine's car because he hates the military.)
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To: cherry

I was thinking of privately-held parks such as Meteor Crater in Arizona. The revenues would go to the landowner to defray maintenance costs and they would not have to pay property taxes as long as the land was open to the public. I’m just trying to think creatively.


29 posted on 01/10/2008 2:06:15 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

You are right (and I posted “too soon” earlier, for only your first few suggestions were to raise more revenue, whereas the rest were cuts).


30 posted on 01/10/2008 2:12:04 PM PST by pogo101
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To: pogo101

:) Thanks FRiend.


31 posted on 01/10/2008 3:24:51 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Global warming is to Revelations as the theory of evolution is to Genesis.)
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