Monday, July 27, 2009
California More cuts to health and welfare programs are expected this week when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issues line-item vetoes before signing California's revised budget.
State officials also are analyzing the plan passed by the Legislature to see if it will be sufficient to allow the state to get short-term loans and stop issuing IOUs.
California was left with $1.1 billion less than anticipated after the Assembly rejected two controversial measures. They would have taken transportation funding from local governments and authorized additional oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast.
The governor's spokesman, Aaron McLear, said Schwarzenegger is not expected to cut the full $1.1 billion when he signs the budget Tuesday. Advocates are concerned about losing administrative funding for social programs.