State Republicans propose $22 billion in budget cuts

Despite having strong majorities in both the California Assembly and the Senate, California Democrats have little power to take action to make budget numbers line up. Any new taxes in the state require two-thirds vote of both legislative bodies, so staunchly anti-tax state Repubs can block any legislation they like. It’s pretty much the reverse of majority rules.

Republican cuts in the package presented today:

* Cutting monthly payments for supplemental security income recipients – to $830 from $870 for singles, and to $1,407 from $1,524 from couples

* Cutting nearly $10 billion from K-12 education over the next 18 months

* Cutting $6 billion from higher education funding

More state budget crisis details here and here and here and here.


  • Susan Davis

    $10 billion in state cuts means roughly $10 million in revenue cuts to AUSD — a figure that should make anyone reading this feel very, very alarmed.

    As a refresher: Last year’s projected cut to the state’s public schools was $4 billion ($4 million to AUSD). This created a fiscal emergency for the district. Now we’re looking at cuts that are more than twice as severe.

    And that’s not counting a potential loss of Measure H funds.

    Pretty scary.

  • http://www.mikemcmahon.info Mike McMahon

    On the Federal front, Barack Obama names his Education Secretary today:


  • http://www.mikemcmahon.info Mike McMahon

    On the State front, a Contra Costa Times reporter explores the doosday scenario of having to end the school year early due to a lack of monies:


  • http://actionalameda.org/actionalamedanewsblog/2008/12/04/california-redevelopment-association-sues-state-for-education-funds/ David Howard

    Call your (our) state reps and encourage them to fight the California Redevelopment Association’s lawsuit to prevent the transfer of redevelopment funds to education funding. Encourage them to support the transfer of developer subsidies to fund education instead.


  • Susan Davis

    Thanks for the links, Mike.

    We probably shouldn’t tell the children they could end up getting out of school early — they’ll start writing letters to their representatives, begging for ever-greater cuts…