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Legislature should support the weakest first 

Santa Maria

We all know the recession has hit California hard and our state budget is reeling. But it will only stunt California’s recovery to drain $24 billion from the state’s economy, as the governor’s latest budget proposes. What’s more, it will be harder for struggling Californians to get back on their feet because the cuts target the sick, the poor, and the elderly: those who need the most help during these tough economic times.

Sadly, the governor’s latest budget proposal would shred California’s safety net. And obstructionist Republican lawmakers would rather defend tax breaks for oil companies and big business than keep kids insured and allow the frail elderly to remain in their homes.

Lawmakers need to protect all Californians, stop the severe cuts, and pass a sensible budget that includes new revenue.

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