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Governor Surprises with Child Care Blue Penciling

As expected, the Governor late yesterday signed the FY 2010-11 State Budget bill and the associated trailer bills. Unexpected, however, was his veto of $962.5 million in spending - most of it targeting programs for low income, sick or disadvantaged Californians - ostensibly to build a bigger "rainy day" reserve fund (brought up from $364 million to $1.3 billion).

Child care was a particular victim. With a sweep of his pencil, he wiped out CalWORKs Stage Three child care, effective November 1. Specifically, the act chopped the Stage 3 Setaside from $365,918,000 to $109,918,000, for a "savings" of $256 million.

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