Governor signs budget deal, but gets out the blue pencil.
by Brian Leubitz
The Governor, being of the same party as the Legislative majority, wouldn’t be expected to axe a lot of the line items. However, out it came for $195 million worth.
Gov. Jerry Brown used his line-item veto authority to strike $128.9 million in spending from the $91.3 billion general fund state budget he signed, his office reported today.
Brown vetoed another $66.8 million in spending from special funds and federal funds, for a total veto amount of $195.7 million.
The Democratic governor’s cuts affect child care and preschool for low-income children and Cal Grant scholarship aid at private schools, two areas that Brown wanted lawmakers to slash deeper than they did. (SacBee)
CalGrants got a big cut, with a 5% cut off the top. Higher education is getting more and more out of reach of the middle class. So, hooray for that extra cut, huh?