A sigh of relief over a bit of good news

Back the California Legislature, a collective sigh of relief wafted from around the Capitol this week as the Assembly and Senate wrapped up their work on mid-year budget cuts.

Meeting the deadline for the eighth special session set by Gov. Schwarzenegger — yes, that was eight in one year — Assembly members and state senators advanced a range of “budget solutions.”

For now, they avoided the uproar that followed the Legislature’s acquiescence to Schwarzenegger’s harsh budget cuts last year on health and human services programs. Many advocates, commentators and members of the public pointed out that those were exactly the kinds of programs California families need to survive this punishing recession. The Senate and Assembly appropriately delayed discussion of the proposed health and human services cuts and eliminations until June, after the governor’s May revision of his proposed budget is released.

Let’s hope that come June, their wisdom holds.

For a brief but detailed overview of the mid-year budget cuts that did pass, see the California Budget Project’s analysis at http://www.cbp.org/

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