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  •  CA cities-counties will sue (5+ / 0-)
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    Calif. cities, counties plan suit over budget

    Local officials are readying legal action to block $4.3 billion from being diverted out of their budgets to solve California's $26.3 billion budget deficit.

    County supervisors in Alameda and Los Angeles have already voted to sue while other groups have also signaled they are preparing legal action, including the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and California Redevelopment Association.

    "This budget proposal is a reckless Ponzi scheme, because it depends on unconstitutional seizures of billions in local revenues that the voters dedicated to specific purposes," Chris McKenzie, headleague of cities said in a statement.

    This isn't politics. It's the health care system breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses breaking America's economy. - Pres. Obama

    by anyname on Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 04:23:15 PM PDT

    •  Along with a lot of other (2+ / 0-)
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      people who are being hit by cuts. The federal courts have already ordered restorations from the last cuts.

      •  Healthy Families closed (0+ / 0-)



        Last Friday, July 17th, the board that runs Healthy Families closed enrollment, both to new applicants and even to those who are shifted from other state programs. Children on Medi-Cal coverage turning one or six-years-old in certain income categories will get a birthday gift of losing their health insurance. It is estimated that over 350,000 low-income children will be frozen out of health coverage and placed on a waiting list in the next year.

        The news today is even worse: the cuts that legislative leaders just agreed to as an alternative to full elimination would force the program not just to impose a wait list, but also to actively dis-enroll hundreds of thousands more children from coverage. The consequences will be kids not getting glasses to see the blackboard, missing school for toothaches, and otherwise delaying care. One ailment or accident on the playground would put families at risk of financial ruin, and needed care will be delayed or avoided altogether. Children’s and other community groups don’t mince words when they say that cuts at this scale mean kids will die.

        This isn't politics. It's the health care system breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses breaking America's economy. - Pres. Obama

        by anyname on Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 08:33:22 PM PDT

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    •  LA Times: LA County plus 180 CA cities to sue (0+ / 0-)

      The LA Times is reporting that over 180 CA cities and LA County are poised to sue over this:

      More than 180 California cities have passed resolutions threatening to sue the state if lawmakers approve a budget plan that would seize $4.7 billion in local funds to help close the state’s massive deficit, according to the League of California Cities.

      Judy Mitchell, mayor of Rolling Hills Estates and president of the League of California Cities, described the budget proposal as a "ponzi scheme that passes off responsibility to future governors, legislators and to our taxpayers."

      The plan announced Monday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders uses a variety of means to essentially shift part of the state’s $26.3-billion budget deficit to city and county governments. The prospect of losing $313 million in redevelopment funds and $109 million in gasoline taxes prompted the lawsuit threat from Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday. The cities and league would join the L.A. County lawsuit.

      Californians: The Courage Campaign is working for a better budget and changing the 2/3 budget rule. Go!

      by tmo on Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 07:19:18 PM PDT

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      •  Mayor of Los Angeles: Sacramento's Dangerous Game (1+ / 0-)
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        Sacramento's Dangerous Shell Game

        by Antonio Villaraigosa
        Mayor of the City of Los Angeles
        July 22, 2009


        Some in Sacramento are praising this [budget] deal, this is not a moment to celebrate. This is not a moment to hail a new day in state government. This deal -- and the system that produced it -- reflects a clear abdication of our state's responsibility to provide critical services to its taxpayers.

        The City of Los Angeles alone could stand to lose nearly $275 million in revenue and services this fiscal year. That includes up to $120 million in property taxes and $60 million in gas tax funds that the state is under no obligation to repay.

        These cuts are simply unacceptable. They take aim at our City's purse strings while our local families get caught in the middle. They target our efforts to stimulate the economy, and gun down new investments in infrastructure, job creation, and the green economy.

        We will not stand for highway robbery, and we are currently evaluating every legal option at our disposal to ensure that Los Angeles does not suffer from the misguided priorities of this budget proposal.

        This isn't politics. It's the health care system breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses breaking America's economy. - Pres. Obama

        by anyname on Thu Jul 23, 2009 at 03:37:53 AM PDT

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    •  of course they will!!! (0+ / 0-)

      And so will Arnold PLEASE explain how putting our money into defending an illegal taking in court will solve this???

      The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, is an atheist's manifesto.

      by coigue on Wed Jul 22, 2009 at 07:26:01 PM PDT

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