HEALTHY START: Is a Davis Grudge Hurting Program’s Finances?
Healthy Start's University of California-Davis office has exhausted its funds for the rest of the year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, thanks to a legacy of cutbacks by former Gov. Pete Wilson that have gone unaddressed by the Davis administration. Lisa Villarreal, administrator of the UC-Davis field office, said it will continue to operate with a "$125,000 grant from the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco." She said, "We are using what is left to live on until we find out about the restoration of state funds." The "Davis administration in January pointed to a projected revenue shortfall as a reason not to restore" Wilson's $5 million cut in the Department of Education's $35 million budget, but "officials have known for some time that a strong economy would produce a state budget surplus of several billion dollars." The Union-Tribune notes that the education department is run by Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, who appeared in television ads for Davis' gubernatorial primary opponent, Al Checchi (Mendel, 5/8).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.