California Moving Forward with Deep Cuts

Thu, 03/17/2011 (All day)

On Wednesday, the California legislature approved billions of dollars in cuts to state services for the upcoming fiscal year, including welfare, care for the developmentally disabled, mental health and early childhood education, in an attempt to reduce the state's $26 billion budget shortfall. 

Governor Jerry Brown continues to seek Republican support for a ballot measure that would allow voters to determine whether temporary tax increases should extend to help prevent or reduce these and other deep cuts to California's social services, education and administration.

While the initial measure failed to pass, Brown continues to advocate for elimination of the state's Redevelopment Agencies, which would add $1.7 billion into the budget by eliminating 400 local agencies.  CRAs invest in blighted neighborhoods at the local level to promote quality of life and property development. 

Arts for LA will continue to report on this issue, as cuts to social services and redevelopment agencies will have an impact on arts and culture in Los Angeles County.