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Cal Grants in Jeopardy May 27, 2009

Posted by jayejfenderson in Articles.
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Gov. Schwarzenegger’s latest budget cut proposal for California includes terminating all new Cal Grants and taking $750 million for the UC and Cal State systems.  This is devasting news for low-income and first generation students trying to make it to college.

Here’s a summary of how the governor would cut $5.5 billion through June 2010:

— $750 million from the University of California and California State University systems, bringing the total reduction over two fiscal years to nearly $2 billion.

— $10.3 million – Eliminate all state general fund spending for UC Hastings College of Law.

— $173 million – Eliminate new Cal Grants.

— $70 million – Eliminate general fund support for state parks, potentially closing 80 percent of them.

— $247.8 million – Eliminate the Healthy Families program, which provides health care to nearly 1 million poor children.

— $1.3 billion – Eliminate the CalWorks program, which primarily helps unemployed single mothers find jobs.

— $809 million – Release nonviolent, non-serious, non-sex offenders one year early, and reduce the Corrections Department’s contract work, rehabilitation and education programs.