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Corrections Dept. To Overspend by $109M

The California Department of Corrections estimates it´ll overspend by 109 million dollars this year — despite promises it would rein in spending that has soared past

budgets for years.

This time the problem is a near-record number of inmates — 4 percent more than the department had projected just months ago.

Governor Schwarzenegger´s Finance Department and the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency promised reforms — but are defending the overspending as unavoidable this year.

They´re dismissing suggestions that this year´s budget shortfall was suspiciously close to the cost of labor concessions Schwarzenegger negotiated with the powerful California Correctional Peace Officers Association this year.