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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 05:36 AM

Middle Class To Bear Brunt Of California's Budget Cuts

Middle-class families will likely bear the brunt of budget cuts under an agreement reached by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature to patch the state's $54 billion deficit, while the neediest Californians are largely spared.

Unless the federal government supplies billions of dollars in aid by Oct. 1, state employee salaries will be slashed by 10% and the University of California and California State University systems will take a combined $602 million hit likely leading to an eventual tuition hike on families who don't qualify for financial aid, CalMatters' Laurel Rosenhall reports.

Audrey Dow of the Campaign for College Opportunity: "The UC and CSU are going to be forced to balance their budget on the backs of talented qualified students at a time when families can least afford it."

However, California's K-12 schools and community colleges will not suffer most of the cuts Newsom proposed last month. And Calbright, the state's online-only community college, will live to see another day despite demands from lawmakers to cut its funding entirely.

Other important takeaways:

ey health and social service programs were preserved, including dental benefits for Medi-Cal patients and adult day programs that help keep low-income seniors out of nursing homes.
Homeless programs were largely spared from cuts.
Gone: A proposal to expand Medi-Cal health coverage to undocumented seniors, though the state plans to do so in the future.
Included: A $65 million tax break for low-income undocumented workers with a child under age 6.

Read more: https://patch.com/california/across-ca/middle-class-bear-brunt-budget-cuts

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