Budget signed — with modifications

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the 85-day late budget today and vetoed an additional $510 million in spending. You can see the reductions here.

AT first glance, this is what I see:

  • Discount Prescription Drugs: In 2006, in a signing ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Schwarzenegger signed this measure which would give up to 5.4 million uninsured Californians a discount of as high as 60% for prescription drugs. Currently they pay the sticker price. The program’s startup has been delayed year after year, though, because of budget constraints. The Assembly this year retooled the program to fund itself — skimming a portion of the rebates to pay for its administration at no cost to the state except the initial seed money. That seed money was vetoed today. ($11.7 million total reduction)
  • Counties: Cuts to local governments, who administer Medi-Cal.
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