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Sheriff Baca Comments on State Budget
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 23, 2009

CNS–Sheriff Lee Baca joined other Los Angeles County politicians in condemning a tentative state budget today, saying he would downsize or eliminate anti-gang programs to make up for reduced funding.

“The governor and state legislators have taken the budget and turned it into a $4.3 billion dollar wrecking ball, decimating county and cities’ revenues,” he said.

Calling the Legislature’s plan “a form of revenue robbery,” he said the deal created “a new low in state governmental affairs.”

Baca said the proposed budget was “nothing more than a fantasy.”

“For example–and before stealing from city and county coffers–state legislators should cut programs it funded over the past decade that it knew were unsustainable at the time of approval,” he said.

Baca said that it wasn’t the cities and counties that created the problem.

 “State legislators did,” he said. “They broke it. They need to fix it.”

Baca said he supported the Board of Supervisors’ move to sue the Legislature if it “moves forward with this illegal maneuver that could destabilize local government for years to come.” 

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