California Budget Pits Colleges Against Prisons

08/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Pat WingertJune 28, 2010 Newsweek

Faced with a $19 billion budget deficit this spring, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he was taking a cleaver to state health and welfare programs for the poor, the disabled, and the elderly. And rather than removing another slice from the state's vaunted higher education system--which had already experienced years of reductions in state aid, ensuing tuition hikes, and student protests in response--budget cutters took more than $1 billion out of the state corrections programs, particularly prison health care.

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