Thursday, March 17, 2011

Republicans- let the people vote

 The California legislature made at least $ 12 billion worth of cuts that will cost doctors, nurses, medi cal patients, students, prisons, low income families,  in a brutal budget cut vote on Thursday.  The cuts were made by a majority vote as permitted by Proposition 25 passed last year.
However, the extensions of present taxes required to prevent even worse cuts requires a vote of the people. And, to get that vote, the Legislature needs to place these items on the ballot- and that requires a 2/3 vote.  The Democrats do not have the 2/3 votes needed.  To get to the ballot, at least 2 Republicans in each chamber must vote to place the extensions on the ballot.  They refuse.
Under the present cuts the U.C. and the CSU would each lose $500 million on top of the billions cut from prior years. And community college tuition would raise from $26 per unit to $36 per unit.  If the extensions are not passed, these  fee increases will grow dramatically in all three systems
What kind of state cuts food aid to hungry pregnant women and children in the middle of an economic crisis—while giving a giant tax break to billionaires?
A partial solution is to allow the voters to vote on these cuts and the tax extensions.

 Below From. MoveOn.com 

Seriously. WTF?!

The Republicans are winning the battle over the budget, hands down, even though what they're fighting for is, put simply, immoral. A cut of at least $400 million from a crucial program that puts food on the table for pregnant women and small children. Crippling the EPA. Completely eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AmeriCorps, and high-speed rail.1 

Instead of creating jobs, the Republican budget would destroy 700,000 of them. Our only hope is a public outcry strong enough to stiffen Democrats' spines and cause Republicans to back down.

House Republicans are proposing reckless cuts that would undo our progress on health reform, prevent the EPA from protecting our air and water, and hurt our economy and job creation.

The cuts are particularly bad for education, and when we're talking about investing in children and schools, we're talking about investing in our future.

If the House Republican budget cuts are adopted:

     -- More than 16,000 classrooms would close;

     -- 55,000 teachers would lose their jobs;

     -- Nearly 200,000 pre-kindergarten children would lose access to Head Start; and

     -- More than 8 million college students currently receiving tuition assistance would see their Pell Grants cut.

The budget the President signs must have bipartisan support, but he's made it clear it also must invest in -- not sacrifice -- education.

Anything less is irresponsible and not worthy of our children.
A compilation of budget posts.
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