Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Governator: Attacks, Protects, Attacks, Protects Labor Studies Program

Confusing times in California. A couple of years ago, Governor Schwartzenegger proposed eliminating the University of California's labor education program which had come under fierce attack by the right wing as "Union U." Critics of the gov noted that no similar cutbacks were proposed for the University's business programs.

That proposal fizzled as the Gov reached an agreement with the Democratically controlled legislature to keep the program. So it came as quite a surprise earlier this week when the Governator vetoed the $3.8 million program.

Apparently, however, Arnold doesn't really want to kill the program; he announced that he just wants the University to use other funds to support the program.

Glad that's all cleared up.

Other "worthless" programs vetoed were $20 million for educational materials for English-learning students, prostate cancer treatment for the poor, and a plan to hire 40 new game wardens.