These days, it seems to be all budget all the time in California. But Friday marked the traditional opening to this year’s budget season, when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released his 2010-11 Proposed Budget. In case you missed it, CBP Executive Director Jean Ross responded to his proposal in a statement, saying it will “batter a struggling economy and make life tougher for millions of families already struggling in the face of double-digit unemployment rates.” At a time when the Governor has argued for job creation, she criticized cuts to schools, which help create our future workforce, and programs like CalWORKs, which get people back to work. Instead, she called for a balanced approach that includes new revenues and partnering with other states for more federal aid.
Late Friday, the CBP issued its analysis of the budget. We’ll be updating this document over the next few days as more details become available, so you may wish to check back even if you’ve looked at it once. We also encourage you to visit our website and blog frequently in the upcoming weeks, as we take an in-depth look at other proposals in the budget.
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— Lisa Gardiner