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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

June, 2005

RE: Governor's revised May budget release this date (5/13/05)
BY

REACTION:
Governor's budget revise 'shorts kids,'
charges Green Party of California

SACRAMENTO (May 13, 2005, 3:51 p.m.) A spokesperson for the Green Party
of California late Friday joined in criticism of Gov. Schwarzenegger's
revised budget, charging that it "shorts schools and our kids."

The governor said Friday he would use about $230 million of about $4
billion in unanticipated revenue to reduce class size in some of the
state's poor performing schools and $57 million for "incentive" pay for
underachieving schools and teachers who can improve student test scores.

However, that's not nearly enough, said GPCA spokesperson Kevin McKeown.

"Schwarzenegger's 'May revise' still shorts schools and our kids, while
pouring money back into roads and covering the Governor's previous unwise
borrowing decisions," said McKeown, a member of the Santa Monica city council.
"California schools are getting at least $2 billion less than they should
have under voter guarantees, and that's where the surplus revenue should
have gone first," he added.

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