Legality Of California Governor’s Budget Cuts Examined
The California "Legislature's legal adviser issued a four-page opinion Wednesday that asserted the bulk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $489 million in budget line-item vetoes were illegal," the Sacramento Bee reports. "The Republican governor last week cut various sectors of government to help balance the budget and build a $500 million reserve, focusing many of his line-item vetoes on social services, such as state Office of AIDS programs and Healthy Families," the article states. Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine, whose office provides legal counsel to the Legislature, and Deputy Legislative Counsel Michael Beaver have "concluded that the constitution only allows the governor to veto 'items of appropriation.' The attorneys said that term does not apply to cuts in previous appropriations," the article states. Assembly member John Perez (D) said that lawmakers will not file a lawsuit, but he anticipates that "several groups" affected by the cuts will do so (Yamamura, 8/7).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.