Schwarzenegger eliminates state funding to domestic violence shelters

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According to multiple reports, which I first noticed on Feministing, Gov. Schwarzenegger has cut ALL – as in, 100% – of state funding to domestic violence shelters in California. According to one newspaper report about the funding slash:

“Although the state Legislature submitted a budget with a 20 percent reduction to the $20.4 million the state provides to agencies that offer domestic violence services, Schwarzenegger slashed the funding by 100 percent Tuesday.”

Of course, this was not the only funding cut for a state that is experiencing deep financial troubles (and granted, there is no easy way out and someone or some agency will always be disappointed to lose support). Funding was also cut in other areas related to AIDS prevention, infant health and health insurance for poor children, according to reports from the LA Times and San Bernadino’s The Sun. Given the violence that so many women and children experience in their homes or from women’s partners, particularly in stressful economic times (during which some shelters are reported an increased need in services), you can imagine what a devastating blow this is for many women and children who are in need, quite literally, of shelter.

[via Feministing]

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  • Lidia

    The cuts he made are really disgusting. All of Black Infant Health programs, every piece of the Office of AIDS that is not tied to federal funding (prevention), AFLP (which serves pregnant teens)…the list goes on.

    It’s a budget balanced on the backs of the most needy in our state. He could have let some taxes be passed but he was incredibly stubborn; we don’t even tax the people who drill oil in our state – even Palin in Alaska taxes oil companies!

    It’s going to be awful to watch how it all plays out.

  • Lidia

    The cuts he made are really disgusting. All of Black Infant Health programs, every piece of the Office of AIDS that is not tied to federal funding (prevention), AFLP (which serves pregnant teens)…the list goes on.

    It’s a budget balanced on the backs of the most needy in our state. He could have let some taxes be passed but he was incredibly stubborn; we don’t even tax the people who drill oil in our state – even Palin in Alaska taxes oil companies!

    It’s going to be awful to watch how it all plays out.