Poor at risk as US state mulls austerity

Education, health care and welfare seen as vulnerable as California considers $8.3bn in spending cuts.

    Jerry Brown, California's governor, has called on state assembly members to adopt austerity measures and urged citizens to approve tax increases, in a speech outlining a revised budget.

    Brown proposed on Monday $8.3bn in spending cuts for education, health care and welfare programmes in a plan aimed at combating the state's severe budget deficit amounting to $15.7bn.

    But critics say the plan will hurt the poor the most.

    Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Los Angeles.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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