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Summary:CaliforniaLawmakersReachDealtoClose$26Bill ionBudge tGap(http: //www.dem ocrac ynow .o rg/20 09/ 7/21/he adline s#7 )
In California, lawmakers have sealed a deal with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on a plan to close a $26 billion budget gap. Under the plan, the state government will significantly scale back services offered to residents, particularly the elderly and the poor. The Los Angeles Times reports tens of thousands of seniors and children will lose access to healthcare. Local governments will lose several billion dollars in state assistance. Many residents will stop receiving welfare checks. New drilling for oil will be permitted off the Santa Barbara coast. As many as 20,000 prisoners will be released before their sentences are complete. The agreement also involves cutting nearly $6 billion from schools and community colleges and close to $3 billion from the state’s university system.