Among the most significant blue pencil items that the governor
issued late Wednesday evening:
- $15 million to the Department
of Education's Early Mental Health Initiative
- $30 million to state preschool
programs (equivalent to 12,500 kids' slots)
- $10 million to child nutrition
programs for school districts, county offices of education and
- $4.7 million to In-Home Supportive
- A total of $54 million ($23 million
general fund, $31 million non-general fund) to the state's food
stamp program known as CalFresh
- $20 million to child care programs
(which increases the number of slots eliminated from 10,600 in the
legislature's budget to 14,000 in the final budget)
- $22.6 million to college financial
aid, resulting in a 5 percent across-the-board reduction to
CalGrants awards. Students at private and for-profit schools
will see their tuition grants reduced. Public university
students will see their living expenses cut.
The governor also cut $31 million to state parks - money the
legislature proposed transferring from special funds. Brown
says some of that money is already being used for other important
purposes - and some would violate an agreement with the federal
government. But he left $10 million available to help
transition parks on the state's closure list to other operators and
another $13 million in state bond funds to modernize revenue
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said
he's particularly disappointed with the line-item vetoes to child
care and parks, but they "could have been much deeper. I
don't like it, but I'm prepared to move on."
Lawmakers involved in the state parks proposal were
particularly upset with the governor. "It's a slap in the
face to all Californians who love their state parks," said Sen.
Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa). "I think they want to turn parks
over to private operators - whether that's non-profit or for-profit
operators - and they don't want to do anything that would get in
the way of doing that."
Note: An earlier version of this story
put the governor's line-item vetoes to the state parks system at
"$41 million." We've corrected that to $31 million.