07/04/2011 03:24 am ET Updated Sep 02, 2011

California Slashes Services For Poor, Elderly, Disabled

The just-passed California budget is expected to leave next year's government with a multibillion dollar deficit.

But the legislation also includes drastic cuts to programs for the state's most vulnerable, including the poor, elderly and disabled, according to SF Gate.

In-home care for the elderly will be significantly reduced and state welfare benefits will be slashed.

The department that provides services for developmentally disabled people saw its budget cut by $577 million, on top of $700 million in cuts two years ago, according to SF Gate.

"These cuts will forever haunt our conscience," said Bob Blumenfield, a Democrat who chairs the California Assembly's budget committee. "However, those of us who do vote for this budget can take comfort with the knowledge that we did what was necessary to move ourselves toward stability."

Public universities and state parks also saw big funding cuts, the Los Angeles Times reports.