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$1.5 billion in cuts would hurt UC, port, Crenshaw light rail line

February 20, 2011 |  7:02 pm

California would lose $1.5 billion in federal funds under a budget-cutting bill approved Saturday by the House's new Republican majority, including light rail construction and education.

Here are some highlights from The Times' Richard Simon:

--California would face reductions of at least $125 million for kindergarten through 12th-grade schools under an approximately 16% nationwide cut in education funding, according to watchdog groups.

--Cuts that would set back efforts to speed construction of a rail line from the Crenshaw district to a station near Los Angeles International Airport. At risk is a $20-million grant, but the money is being used to leverage a $546-million loan to advance the project.

--Los Angeles Harbor also would lose $16 million it has sought for a rail project designed to reduce truck traffic in and out of the port.

Read the full story here.

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