Schwarzenegger budget slashes education, releases prisoners |

Schwarzenegger budget slashes education, releases prisoners

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose cutting nearly 10 percent of the budget for public education and releasing 35,000 nonviolent inmates as part of a series of deep cuts to close a projected $14 billion budget gap.

He also will seek to close nearly one in five state parks, according to a copy of the proposed cuts obtained by The Associated Press.

The governor will ask the Legislature to cut more than $4 billion from schools when he releases his proposed 2008-09 budget Thursday. That would require lawmakers to suspend the voter-approved California institution known as Proposition 98, which guarantees a minimum level for schools.

Schwarzenegger also will ask for the early release of 35,000 state prison inmates over the next two years. Inmates with less than 20 months remaining on their sentences would be released if they are determined to be “low risk.”

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User