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Protestors Oppose Budget Cuts to Health and Human Services, Want Tax Hikes Instead

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Protestors pushed a 10 foot tall statue of Governor Schwarzenegger. The papier mache giant was smoking a cigar and wielding a bloody ax they say symbolizes his budget cuts.
"No cuts, not cuts, no ifs ands or buts."
Many participants wore hospital gowns and pushed gurneys as they chanted. Mary Ignatius is with Parent Voices. She says they support the Democrats' budget proposal which raises taxes and includes fewer cuts.
"People with disabilities seniors, working parents, child care providers who all need a budget that protects health and human services and also raises revenues."
At one point, impassioned protestors blocked an intersection near the capitol, drawing the attention of law enforcement. The state's budget is seven weeks late. There's still no sign of an agreement on how to close California's 19 billion budget gap.
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