Schwarzenegger Budget Proposal Includes New Health-Related Programs, Reduced Funding for Others
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R) state budget proposal for fiscal year 2005-2006 includes a 4.2% increase in spending, with an 8.2% funding increase for public health programs, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Under Schwarzenegger's proposal, public health funding for FY 2005-2006 would increase by about $53.5 million, including:
- An increase of $12.8 million, or 35%, for the Every Woman Counts program, which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings;
- An increase of $20.1 million, or 5.6%, for the Office of AIDS; and
- About $6 million in funding for a new obesity-prevention program.
In addition, the Daily News reports that Schwarzenegger has "shifted" some funding from education programs to children's health programs (Drucker, Los Angeles Daily News, 1/17). 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.