The governor flew to Washington, D.C., today for the National Governors Association’s annual meeting. In his pre-taped weekly radio address which aired this morning, he said he’ll “be talking with the President, my fellow Governors and California’s elected leaders in Congress about solutions to our health care crisis, immigration, global climate change and help for those hurt by the recent freeze in California.”
And that talking will be sharp when it comes to President Bush’s budget plan, he indicated: “The President’s proposal to cut Medicare and Medicaid funding would hurt our efforts to fix California’s broken health care system.”
Schwarzenegger also noted Bush has proposed scrapping SCAAP — the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program — which helps states pay for jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes. Congress funded the program at about $661 million this year, and California usually gets about 40 percent of the total funding.