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Governor Unveils Proposed State Budget

Sacramento, CA — California´s tax revenues are ahead of expectations, giving Governor Schwarzenegger a way to provide more money for schools, health services and higher education in this election year.

Schwarzenegger has proposed a nearly $126 billion budget, 7% higher than last year, with no tax increase.

The spending plan would also reduce the state´s structural deficit by two thirds from what it was when Schwarzenegger took office in 2003.

Schwarzenegger proposed a 4$ billion-plus boost in funding for K-through-12 education and community colleges.

That could mute criticism from education groups. The plan also eliminates fee hikes at colleges and universities.

Additional money is proposed to provide medical services to about 300,000 uninsured children.