SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency and is asking lawmakers to meet in a special session to save the state $9.9 billion over the next two years.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports

Sacramento Bee political columnist Dan Walters tells us he thinks we shouldn’t overstate the scale of the problem

Schwarzenegger on Monday unveiled a plan that relies largely on cuts to health care and social services for the poor.

About $7.4 billion of his proposal would come from cuts, include reducing cash assistance to needy families by 15.7 percent in April, then eliminating the entire welfare-to-work program in July.

He is proposing to eliminate vision coverage and increasing monthly premiums for Healthy Families, a program that provides health coverage for children of low-income families.

The governor also is asking the state to limit prescriptions and cap physician visits to 10 a year for Medi-Cal recipients.

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Comments (383)
  1. Robin says:

    It’s going to hit the fan when the responsible states are called upon to bail out California, Illinois, New York and other irresponsible states.

    Not sure the rest of the nation will take a California bail out lying down.

    Perhaps California should be put into bankruptcy though the courts. This procedure should be initiated immediately—it’s not a question of IF California goes bankrupt, but WHEN California goes bankrupt.

  2. Keith Ross says:

    The problem with Socialism is that it always runs out of someone elses money.

    1. Flyoverstateresident says:

      Excellent comment. If it’s original, congratulations, if not, please name the author so we can read more of their work.

  3. pete says:

    Why is Calfornia worried, once that there green ecconomy kicks into gear they will be booming………….not

  4. josh says:

    Not many know but California is practically drowning in OIL, there is so much of the stuff it actually seeps up and they are constantly cleaning the beaches, you’ll never hear it in the corrupt media. If they put up a couple of rigs that state could be in the black oevrnight….at $90 a barrel, but NOOOOOOO, thank you EnviroNazis, what a bunch of stupid people.

  5. CATHERINE says:

    OFFLMFAO – HEY CALIFORNIA, bring in some more illegal alien invaders………….you pay them unemployment and free medical – you might as well send that third world nation gold rimmed invitations to come and steal the taxes from your working citizens…………….AMERICA IS NOT GOING TO BAIL YOU OUT AGAIN, WE ARE BROKE.

  6. Flyoverstateresident says:

    try this… politicians dont get paid until the budget is balanced and.. they get paid last. Maybe they will address the issue if they have some skin in the game. As for the residents of California, it’s just a matter of demographics, nationally as well I would say. When enough of the voting population have the ability to continue to vote for programs and benefits that cost THEM nothing, chaos will reign. Thats where California is now, too few taxpayers supporting a buttload of people that continue to vote themselves additional benefits with no responsibility.

  7. Robin says:

    To he11 with California, and all libs for that matter.

  8. Larry says:

    It’s about time CA sucked in their fiscal belt. Billions would be saved by eliminating benefits for illegal aliens. No more free healthcare, no public education, no in-state tuition at colleges, no grants, etc. Imagine how California would thrive with all those illegals relocated to Mexico. How wonderful that would be.

  9. gleecme says:

    Maybe he could start by ending funding for illegals.

  10. right wing extremist says:

    I hope the plan fails. Only by declaring bankruptcy can a receiver be appointed who can abrogate all the ridiculous contracts with the state employee’s unions. Whose fault is this – look to Jerry Brown who gave state workers the right to unionize. and now you idiots have put him back in office. The population of California has to be the collectively dumbest group of people on the planet!

  11. American says:

    Anyone who believes that Pelosi is for the “common man” is politically naive. She and her husband have pocketed millions since she’s been in congress. Along with Feinstein and Boxer, they’ve all profitted handsomely from their inside information, government contracts for their spouses, illegal aliens working for Boxer’s restaurant and hotel, etc.
    In California, the state needs to go into default. The State cannot go bankrupt, but byd defaulting the State can cancel all entitlements to the government unions including health insurance and retirement benefits. These have been “sweetheart” contracts under the liberal democrats watch ever since Jerry Brown gave government employees the right for join unions and to go on strike. We call is “bribes” in the non political areana. So who has been paying for all of this State corruption? You the California taxpayers. Who is stupid? The California voters who continuously believe these liberal democrats and some liberal republicans who talk a good game, but fail to be honest. We, the California voter, have failed to hold the politicians accountable for their actions.
    Hundreds of companies have fled the State for greener pastures in other states, south of the border, and overseas. Y
    ou watch Brown attempt to pass increasing California taxes in most areas, from gas tax, income tax, sales tax, user tax on state property, etc.
    Meanwhile, these crooked politicians will continue to fill their pockets at your expense.

  12. Terry Knows Moore says:

    This sob…..wants American tax payers to bail this filthy state out…….this is pure bull. California needs to tighten their oun belts…kick out the Mexican freeloaders..get rid of the unions…and elect politicians who know what the heck they are doing.

  13. annie says:

    He’s totally lost his mind! I VOW NEVER to PAY to see this maniac’s movies again!

  14. marie says:

    He’s totally lost his mind! I VOW NEVER to PAY to see this maniac’s movies again!

  15. connetta says:

    I find it easy to imagine walking in someone elses shoes, I would not want to be
    him ..hard times bring hardships.My husband already did his 99 weeks.

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