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Advocates Rally Against Social Service Cuts in New Budget

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown never spoke of health care in his State of the State address.

But just hours after his speech, a few dozen people gathered to bring attention to cuts to health and social services in the new state budget.  

CHANTING: "We want revenue! We want revenue!"

Nan Brasmer of the California Alliance for Retired Americans led the crowd.

She said many budget problems could be fixed with new revenues - such as a tax on crude oil.  

BRASMER: "We need to support going after new revenues. There are a number of opportunities. There are lots of tax loopholes and we need to go get them."

Governor Brown does propose raising taxes in his new budget, but the money would benefit education, not social services.

More than two billion dollars in cuts have been proposed for health care services and CalWORKS.

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