Friday, October 8, 2010

I Got Mine... Who Cares About K-12, Human Services

Update: Schwarzenegger signed the Not In My Name - Kick the Can Down The Road - Smoke and Mirrors budget.

State legislature approves 2010-11 budget
>> Statement from UC vice president of budget
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I was proud of Senator Yee sending out this statement:
Senator Yee Opposes Devastating Budget Cuts
Friday, October 08, 2010

SACRAMENTO – Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement regarding his vote on the state budget:

“At a time when many California families are struggling to just put food on the table, government and the state budget needs to work for them.

While I appreciate the effort put in to develop a budget deal, I can not support further devastation to our schools, social services, and health care. The brutal reality is that many of our poor, elderly and most vulnerable individuals simply will not survive this budget.

Enough is enough – our students, seniors, and working Californians deserve better.”

source: http://dist08.casen.govoffice.com/
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--It is wrong, just wrong and good people need to say it.

You can read more about the Alice In Wonderland Budget Here

also, some important excerpts from this PEW report:
from pg 41
Finding savings of that size by trimming the state workforce also
is problematic. There are fewer state employees per resident now than there
were in Ronald Reagan’s last year as governor, says State Senator Denise
Moreno Ducheny. Plus, she says, most of the state workers paid for out of the state’s general funds—the area of the budget in most trouble—are in university systems or in corrections. “Nobody really wants to cut university faculty. Nobody really wants to lay off prison guards,” Ducheny says. “So,where is it?”
from pg 42
When asked what areas of state spending they most want to protect from cuts,
half of Californians name K-12 public education,
while another quarter pick Medicaid (see Exhibit 14).
Just 15 percent say higher education is the area they most want to see protected.

But public support has not shielded schools from budget cuts.
Two years ago, the legislature approved a change to help
local school districts cope with budget shortfalls by reducing the minimum
number of school days from 180 a year to 175. Statewide, 20,000 teachers
were laid off last year, according to California’s superintendent of public
instruction. And a record 174 school districts landed on the state’s list of
financially troubled systems. “Massive state budget cuts are crippling
our public school system’s ability to operate,” said Jack O’Connell, the state
superintendent of public instruction, in a statement. “Public education in California received $17 billion less in state funding than anticipated over the last two budget years. School districts already have made draconian cuts to programs and services, eliminated summer school, increased class sizes, and cut art, music, libraries, school nurses and sports.
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And the MULTI BILLION dollar UC,CSU auxiliaries go on unchecked operating in the shadows with closed books
and on it goes

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