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100 Days In and Finally a Budget!

The Sac Bee is reporting that at 8:25 am this morning (on the 100th day of the 2010-11 fiscal year), “California lawmakers approved the tardiest budget in state history this morning after a marathon session at the Capitol.”

Lawmakers are back in the Capitol this week, and they have a tentative agreement on the budget. The Assembly passed the package yesterday (54 to 1). Yet the Senate spent most of last night trying to get it done — and came up a little short.

Most of the hold up had to do with having a quorum; 5 of the 40 Senators were absent for some or all of last night’s voting, making the challenge of reaching a 2/3 majority (27 members) extremely difficult.

The Sac Bee blog has a quick-and-dirty list of what’s in the budget. Still more here.

The 2010-11 Budget and Health

More analysis of the full agreement (assuming it passes) soon. In the meantime, here’s a summary of the cuts to the Health budget:

• $937 million total cut from health and human services programs.
• $300 million reduction in the In-Home Supportive Services program (3.6% reduction in caregiver hours, leveraging federal funds and assuming lower caseloads).
• $187 million in savings by enrolling seniors and persons with disabilities into managed care programs through the Waiver.
• $84 million in savings by freezing hospital rates.
• $820 million reductions in prison health care spending.

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