California Policy Updates

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Governor Schwarzenegger Proposes Major Cuts to Youth Programs in May Revise

On Friday May 14, the Governor released the May Revision of the proposed 2010/2011 proposed budget. In this proposed budget, the Governor proposed eliminating all of nearly $1.2 billion in state subsidized child care funding (This proposal would not impact part-time preschool programs or ASES). The proposed budget would also eliminate the CalWORKS job training, education, as well as child care and employment services.

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Prop. 49 Protected in 2010-2011 State Budget

Current Status
On October 8, 2010, the Legislature finally approved a state budget for 2010-2011. Although the Budget Conference Committee has passed a stand-alone budget trailer bill that would have, if passed by both houses and signed by the Governor, placed Prop. 49 back on the ballot, no such trailer bill was brought to the floor of either the Assembly or Senate for a vote.

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State 2011-2012 Budget maintains Prop. 49 funding, but eliminates most child care subsidies for ages 11 and 12

On March 24, 2011, the Governor signed into law budget trailer bill SB 70 which includes significant cuts to the state child care system, including the elimination of child care subsidies for most 11- and 12-year-olds (other than those served in nontraditional hours) and giving otherwise eligible 11- and 12-year olds priority for ASES and 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs (see specific language below).