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Schwarzenegger reverses plan to cut benefits to police, firefighters' survivors

June 10, 2009 |  2:38 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed himself today on a proposal to end health insurance coverage for families of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.

In a meeting with the paper's editorial board, Schwarzenegger called the proposal, reported by The Times this week, a "terrible screw-up" and said it is being corrected.

The proposed cut was tucked away in a list of state laws, known as mandates, that would be suspended if Schwarzenegger's latest budget revisions are adopted. It would have saved the state $1 million.

The mandates put certain requirements, such as the survivor benefits, on local governments, but the state pays for them. Suspension of the listed mandates would save $100 million, according to the governor's estimate.

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--Shane Goldmacher