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California Special Election: Prop. 1E explained

May 9, 2009 | 10:02 am

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What Proposition 1E would do: This measure would temporarily shift money away from a mental health program established by voters in 2004, paid for with a 1% tax on personal income above $1 million.

Quick take: About $460 million would be diverted from mental health programs over the next two years -- roughly a quarter of the program's revenues during that period -- to help balance the state's books. The redirected money would fund screening, diagnosis and treatment services for MediCal patients younger than 21, including those in need of mental health help. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office says the measure would temporarily reduce money available for mental health programs.

-- Evan Halper

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Discuss: Should the state temporarily reduce voter approved mental health programs to balance the budget?

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