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Friday, August 24, 2007
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1. BUDGET SIGNING VO/SOT
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign the state's spending plan that lawmakers approved 52 days after it was due. The constitution requires the budget to be signed by July 1 start of each fiscal year. The Senate approved the budget three days ago. Efforting soundbites and video.
2. LINE ITEM VETOES VO/SOT
The Department of Finance will detail the line item vetoes from the governor's budget. Schwarzenegger promised to use his line item veto power to cut 700 million dollars in spending. Republicans in the Senate would not provide the minimum votes necessary to pass a budget unless the Assembly's version which was 700 dollars in the red was brought into balance. Efforting soundbites and video.
3. BUDGET REFORM VO/SOT
The state budget that was passed by the Assembly 20 days late, then by the Senate 52 days late has prompted Democratic and Republican lawmakers to call on the governor to convene a board to re-evaluate the state's budgeting process. Efforting soundbites and video.
4. BUDGET CLAIMS VO/SOT
The overdue budget has prevented the controller from paying an estimated 60 thousand claims from private vendors who provide services for the state and nursing homes and hospitals who provide services to Californians who are on Medi-Cal. Feeding soundbites from Controller John Chiang. Efforting video at claims processing center in Sacramento.
5. RE-ENTRY FACILITIES VO/SOT
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will conduct a workshop to discuss secure community re-entry facilities that are part of the bill to alleviate prison overcrowding that the governor signed in May. Part of the seven billion dollar bond package includes funding for 16,000 spaces in such facilities. The facilities would house small numbers of local offenders a few months before they are scheduled to go on parole. Efforting soundbites and video.
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Angora Fire Cleanup The State's Integrated Waste Management Board will announce the conclusion of debris removal at the scene of the Tahoe area fire earlier this summer that burned about 200 homes. The completion comes ahead of the September 1 goal to clear the debris. The waste management board is part of the state's Environmental Protection Agency and oversees recycling programs that fall under state jurisdiction.
State Employee Safety Awards Several state employees will receive the Governor's Employee Safety Awards in a ceremony at Sacramento State University. The State and Consumer Services Agency Secretary will present the awards for categories ranging from saving lives to creating health and safety programs.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign the state budget at the Capitol at noon.
The Senate and Assembly are not in session.
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