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Help children or corporations?

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The governor’s proposed budget would cause two million Californians — many of them children — to lose health insurance. It would force the frail elderly into nursing homes, close more than 200 state parks and increase class sizes for public school students. But obstructionist Republican lawmakers turn a blind eye to the suffering. Rather than address the services we all need and how to pay for them, they simply say yes to all cuts and no to new revenue. That’s not a solution; it’s a cop-out. Meanwhile, Republicans defend tax breaks for oil companies and big business. California lawmakers must do whatever possible to minimize the severity of these cuts and the harm they will inflict on millions of poor and middle-class Californians. We need a balanced budget solution that includes new revenues. The choice is clear: children’s health care or corporate welfare? Marian Ashe, Sacramento