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Budget affects Democrats and Republicans

Posted: July 25, 2008 1:43 a.m.
Updated: September 25, 2008 5:01 a.m.
I am writing to comment on Stephen Winkler’s July 3 submission entitled “Budget Cuts” and the subsequent online response from a reader who dismissed Mr. Winkler’s assessment that budget cuts are not a partisan or ideological issue because they impact all Californians, including our seniors and children.

The reader does point correctly to the highly politicized nature of our state budget process but fails to highlight that annual budget battles and delays hurt all of us, our health and education, the stability of our state and our children’s future.

Budget cuts severely undermine the quality of education available in our schools and essential health care for our families and communities, regardless of our political leanings.

Diseases do not favor Democrats over Republicans, and unexpected accidents do not prefer Republicans over Democrats. The health and education of all Californians is at stake, but some legislators repeatedly dismiss our basic needs to further their political agenda.

State Sen. George Runner believes educating our children and maintaining the health of our families is too expensive, but he didn’t hesitate to place an initiative costing $20 billion on the November ballot.
As Californians, we must face the reality that there is simply no more room for cuts. Year after year, we slash spending and borrow money we do not have.

In doing so, we not only endanger our health and well-being, we also guarantee that our budget woes will return again next year and for years to come.

It is essential that we stabilize our finances, invest in our health and education systems and look for real solutions that will boost our state revenue and protect our families. We simply cannot afford continued mismanaged and misguided priorities.


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