Schwarzenegger's Budget Addresses Few Structural Issues


Nice to see The Great Governator wimp out. With a 500 Billion dollar shortfall in state worker pensions he goes after the poor. Here are the cuts:

Spending Cuts Breakdown

•$1.1 billion through the elimination of CalWORKS, the state’s primary welfare program, which serves 1.4 million people, two-thirds of them children.
•$750 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s in-home supportive services program for the disabled, achieved through reductions in wages and services.
•Cuts $532 million from Medi-Cal, the state’s medical program for the poor, by reducing eligibility, limiting doctor’s visits to 10 per year, reducing funding for hearing aids and other medical equipment, and increasing copays.
•$811 million reduction in prison health care expenses by making the system more efficient and reducing funding.
•About $360 million in savings by shifting nonviolent offenders out of state prisons and into county jails and by reducing the juvenile prison population and closing the facilities that house them.

State Employees

Thanks to Mish Shedlock for data

•Payroll reductions of 5 percent across all state departments, except for constitutional offices, which already achieved 5 percent reductions. The administration says much of the payroll reduction can be achieved by departments not filling current vacancies.
•A 5 percent pay cut for all state workers and a 5 percent increase in their pension contributions. The administration says this will save $1.6 billion.

Where are the cuts to pensions?

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