Governor's Budget Plan Would Mean Sweeping Cuts
After declaring a fiscal emergency in California, Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday unveiled his plan to close the gap in the state's budget through a 10 percent, across-the-board cut to state programs.
The cuts would affect education, health care and social services statewide. In Los Angeles, they would mean the closure of at least six state parks, and less money for already struggling Medi-Cal health care providers.
The governor's plan would also mean a drastic reduction in the LAUSD budget. Officials from LAUSD have stated that should the proposal go through, many school programs would need to be re-evaulated and possibly eliminated. LAUSD board member Tamar Galatzan tells the LA Daily News, "I think what this really means for L.A. Unified is we have to buckle down and really look at our spending: Look at every single program and figure out, do we need this, does it provide a direct service to kids."