Governor Budget Response:
Green Party hits governor's protection of the wealthy, while
punishing children, elderly and poorest in the state
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS RELEASE
SACRAMENTO (January 8, 2010) - Despite claiming "we all share
the pain," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget proposal announced
today again protects his wealthy friends and imposes cruel, draconian
and life-threatening cuts on the poor, the elderly and children, said
the Green Party of California Friday.
"The failure by the governor and legislature address the
state's ongoing structural deficit leads to these unacceptable cuts.
There are answers, including reforms like a split roll for Prop.
13, closing corporate tax loopholes, a more progressive income tax and
promoting real Green jobs to create a more sustainable and just
economy," Lisa Green, Green Party candidate in the 53rd Assembly
"The governor maintains 'children come first,' but his budget
proposal eliminates the Healthy Families program for children's health
care, and slashes more than $1 billion for other programs that provide
relief for the poorest families. How is that supporting our
children?" added Green.
Greens also note that the governor is chopping billions off In-Home
Supportive Services and Medi-Cal that would put the seniors and those
without health care in the state at great risk. In a statement, the
GPCA spokesperson Derick Iversen said:
"The governor brags that he won't raise taxes, but that
protects not the average citizen but the very wealthy . The failure
to fund essential services is a de facto tax increase on working
Californians to the benefit of the wealthiest in our state who don't
pay their fair share. Even his promise to reduce the prison population
by moving prisoners to county jails hurts because it will force
hard-hit municipalities to make even more cuts in their health and
human services to pay for it. Finally, the governor had promised to
protect education, but why then does his budget cut $111.9 million
in funding for future growth at CSU and UC? It doesn't make sense.
But it's all part of a flim-flam scheme that hurts our state when
more honest and fair remedies are possible."
Susan King, Spokesperson, 415.823.5524,
Derek Iversen, Spokesperson, 323.481.8984,
Cres Vellucci, Press Secretary, 916.996.9170,
The Green Party of California
PO Box 2828
Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437