In “Conan the Barbarian,” Schwarzenegger wielded a sword. This time around, it’s the budget ax.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken the ax yet again to California’s social programs, vetoing almost $1 billion in spending on welfare, special education, child care and other programs before signing a budget bill into law. —JCL
Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday vetoed nearly $1 billion in spending on welfare, child care, special education and other programs before signing the budget bill that lawmakers had passed about eight hours earlier after a marathon overnight session.
The governor slashed 23 line items from the $87.5-billion general fund budget, including $256 million from a program for school-age children of families moving off welfare, $133 million from mental health services for special education students and nearly $60 million from AIDS treatment and prevention programs.
Schwarzenegger did not explain his actions, but a report issued by his finance department said the savings from his vetoes would “create a prudent reserve for economic uncertainties.” The state’s reserve for emergencies such as battling wildfires will grow from $375 million to $1.3 billion, the report said.