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June 3, 2009

California schools numb over cutbacks they're facing

The wallet's empty, the bank closed and the credit dried up, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told California state lawmakers Tuesday.

The wallet's empty, the bank closed and the credit dried up, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told California state lawmakers Tuesday.

As a $24 million budget deficit looms, the three biggest chunks of the state budget are likely targets: education, health care and prisons, Schwarzenegger said.

Each day there are new proposals for ways to close the budget gap, trickling down from Sacramento.

In late May, at a joint legislative budget committee hearing, Schwarzenegger announced a possible elimination of Cal Grants and Healthy Families.

And last Friday, local school districts received wind of a massive reduction in funding for K-12 programs, including transportation services.

All the uncertainty has left some Merced education agencies reeling.

Read the complete story at mercedsunstar.com

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