The short list. Details haven’t yet been released. Tens of thousands of seniors and children would lose access to healthcare, local governments would sacrifice several billion dollars in state assistance this year and thousands of convicted criminals could serve less time in state prison. Welfare checks would go to fewer residents, state workers would be forced to continue to take unpaid days off and new drilling for oil would be permitted off the Santa Barbara coast.
“We’ve accomplished a lot in this budget,” said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“This is a budget that will have no tax increases, a budget that is cutting spending…. We’re also very happy that in this budget we make government more efficient.”
And he’s scooping funds from county and town tax holding accounts under an odd embargo only in California. Why destroy one governing body when his Republican zeal can squash hundreds?