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"Put People First!" S.C. Protest Against California Budget Cuts

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released plans May 13, for a $103 billion state budget. The governor says his proposal will solve the state's financial crunch without raising taxes. Though scaled back slightly from an earlier plan, the proposal sees massive borrowing, & cuts in education, welfare and public health spending, as a solution to the state's woes. This translates into less money for California cities and county's, meaning pink slips for many essential service providers.On Tuesday, a coalition of seniors, mental health clients, labor & religious leaders and affected workers rallied at the Santa Cruz County Government Center urging the Board of Supervisors to "Put People First," in their upcoming budget hearings. Vinny Lombardo reports...... 2:44
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released plans May 13, for a $103 billion state budget. The governor says his proposal will solve the state's financial crunch without raising taxes. Though scaled back slightly from an earlier plan, the proposal sees massive borrowing, & cuts in education, welfare and public health spending, as a solution to the state's woes. This translates into less money for California cities and county's, meaning pink slips for many essential service providers.On Tuesday, a coalition of seniors, mental health clients, labor & religious leaders and affected workers rallied at the Santa Cruz County Government Center urging the Board of Supervisors to "Put People First," in their upcoming budget hearings. Vinny Lombardo reports...... 2:44

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Re: "Put People First!" S.C. Protest Against California Budget Cuts

Put people first, I agree! Arnold is slashing taxes and putting people - the tax-paying public - first over bloated government socialist charities.

We all want a world with affordable higher education. But we also want a world where we aren't taxed to death for other people's selfish benefit. You want someone else to help pay for your education? I'm struggling just to pay my OWN bills. I dont need yours, you're neither my wife nor my child. I shouldnt have to support you.

Higher education is NOT an essential service, it is a luxury. Water, electricity, sewage, these are essential services. You're spoiled.
 

Re: "Put People First!" S.C. Protest Against California Budget Cuts

Van, did you even listen to this story? Tell me where I even mention education?

So what's your solution? At this point the governor is borrowing from the future, essentially prolonging the inevitable, HIGHER TAXES. Meanwhile, his buddy, "Kenny Boy" Lay, from Enron, who screwed the state out of $9 billion during the energy fix of 2000/2001, is off the hook. Who pays? Well, as you can see its the service workers. I agree, water, power, garbage colllection etc.. all should be free, but in an imperfect world, people like the 80 health service workers in Santa Cruz County about to be fired, need a way to make a living. The budget cuts bleed money form the poor, ill, and elderly, while rich capitalists, take more and more. The governator's plan to make California "more business friendly," is leaving us, the workers out in the cold.
 

Priorities

As organizer Karen DeLaney said it on Tuesday, it's really a matter of priorities. I hope the Santa Cruz voting bloc that supported and paid for the media campaign that passed Measure F will cries of "Save Our City" are glad that the police are free from budget restraints and City administrators do not need to worry about their paychecks, but the rest of us have to deal with the effects of underfunded programs and rediculously tough times.

Put people first... well, the SCPD's Public Relations budget is fully funded but we still lack a citizens police review board. The community center I work for may have to close an extra day per week, but at least the folks who usually visit will instead have a cushy cell waiting for them at a hundred times the cost of my already undervalued time. Don't tell me I'm spoiled. I just took a paycut from Governor Schwarzenhitler.

If 'lawmakers' want to make the tough decisions and put the tax-paying public over "bloated government socialist charities" [sic] then lets look at government subsidies of private industry. Tourism, incarceration, electricity produced through dams or the burning of coal, chemical additives to gasoline that pollute our water supply...

I agree: Water, electricity, sewage... these are essential services. So get your ass into the street to protest privatized water supplies locally and internationally. Find out where your electricity comes from and do something about the fact that it comes from unsustainable [and government subsidized] environmentally devestating industry.

Quit using Indymedia to make personal attacks. Vinny's spoiled. I'm spoiled... I have a feeling you're spoiled, too, whatever that means.

Tuesday's rally was important. Thanks for covering it. I was working on replacing funds that have been cut from our budget and did not make it to the county building, instead looking at pictures and reading about the event from credible local news media that I trust: Indymedia.
 

Government Socialist Charities?

So what "Government Socialist Charities" do you mean? The militarization of space and private control of our food supply are probably the most subsidized 'charities' out there.

Who's really on welfare? The folks at the Emeline complex or the folks at the Lockheed-Martin complex in the mountains? Who's getting fat on Mr. John Q taxpayer's tab--UC students on the hill or Monsanto execs? I'll say it one more time: priorities.
 

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