The Sacramento Bee reported earlier today that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Department of Finance “estimated Wednesday that California will not receive enough federal stimulus money to avoid higher personal income taxes and deeper cuts in social services.”

Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project, said “some of the cuts that would occur are deeply troubling.” Ross emphasized that the cuts “would reduce the state share of pay for in-home supportive service workers. And I think there’s a long record of evidence regarding the need for optional (Medi-Cal) benefits. Particularly adult dental care, because dental health is integrally linked to physical health.”
The Finance Department has faced criticism from advocates for low-income residents, “who say the additional social service cuts will dramatically hurt millions of struggling Californians.”
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