Huge state budget cuts coming
According to the Sacramento Bee, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today will propose a spending plan that cuts virtually every function of state government to close a $14.5 billion budget gap. Reportedly the governor's plan asks lawmakers to close state parks and beaches, release prisoners, dramatically pare school funding, reduce Medi-Cal health services to the poor and reduce aid to the low-income blind, elderly and disabled.
According to the Bee, the University of California and California State University systems would be cut under the governor's plan, but by less than 10 percent because the administration attempts to make good on a long-term "compact" with higher education that promises funding growth each year.