Schwarzenegger proposes more cuts for California schools
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed an additional $2.8 billion in cuts to state government this morning that would slice even deeper into funding for education, health and welfare programs and the wages of state workers.
Schools would be hit by $680 million in new cuts, while the state’s social safety net for the poor would see the loss of an additional $872 million in funding for the poor, disabled and aged. A 5% salary reduction for state employees would slash $470 million.
“We really scraped the bottom of the barrel here,” said Mike Genest, Schwarzenegger’s finance director. “We cut everything we could think of.... It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is -- and we have to live within our means.”
-- Eric Bailey