California Today: California Today: How Trump’s Cuts Would Affect California

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Workers at the Government Publishing Office prepared to bind copies of President Trump’s 2018 budget last week in Washington. Credit Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

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Today’s introduction comes to us from Adam Nagourney, Los Angeles bureau chief.

It’s not as if this came as a big surprise to California, considering the sheer size of this state, the number of its citizens who rely on federal assistance for everything from food stamps to health care, and the outcome of November’s presidential election.

Still, the severity of the cuts contained in the $4.1 trillion spending plan proposed by President Trump this week was a staggering reminder that there is a new regime in charge in Washington, and one that could make life difficult for California for the next four years at least.

“It’s very bad for states generally, and it’s particularly bad for California,” said Chris Horne, executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center, a nonprofit organization that advocates for low-income people. “The Trump budget is targeting services for low-income communities, and California has more low-income people, both in overall numbers and proportionately.”

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Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, called it “unconscionable and un-American.”

Stipulated: The cuts in Mr. Trump’s budget were so sharp that Republicans in Congress were dismissing the budget even as it landed on their doorsteps. And Mr. Trump is also proposing deep tax cuts, particularly for the wealthy, that will no doubt be welcome by many people in a state that is renowned for its high taxes, particularly on upper-income residents. That said, given Republican control of Congress — and a long push by the party to cut domestic spending and taxes — at least some of them seem likely to make it into law.

Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican and House majority leader who is a close ally of Mr. Trump, offered warm praise for the proposal. “The White House has produced a strong, conservative budget,” he said.

It is too soon to measure exactly how much the state would lose. But by far the biggest cuts are for health care (Mr. Trump proposed Medicaid cuts above those already contained in the Republican health care plan). There are also cuts in aid for children’s health programs, disability assistance and research, much of it carried out at California universities.

“The University of California currently receives more than $8 billion in federal support, including over $3 billion for our research enterprise, $1.6 billion in student financial aid and $3.1 billion in patient care support,” said Janet Napolitano, the president of the university, adding, “The proposal to slash more than $800 billion over 10 years from the Medicaid program would be devastating, not only to patients and hospitals in California, but to those throughout the nation.”

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California Online

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• Questions weighing on Democrats: Is Senator Dianne Feinstein running again? And, at 83, should she? [San Francisco Chronicle]

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• A seismologist on the inevitable “big one”: No water or transportation. The whole state without electricity. Cities ravaged by fire. [KPCC]

• A melee at Pelican Bay State Prison sent eight guards and seven inmates to hospitals. [The Associated Press]

• A model who secretly photographed a naked woman at a gym then posted it online was ordered to spend 30 days cleaning graffiti. [The Associated Press]


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• Opendoor, which will buy your house sight unseen, illustrates a new kind of tech upstart. [The New York Times]

Pixar was the world’s best animation studio. Then Disney bought it. [The Atlantic]

• Long read: “Katie’s father went to prison for raping her and her brothers. It was an unthinkable crime that broke her family apart. So why couldn’t she remember it?” [The Marshall Project]


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• Four-hour documentaries about rock bands aren’t new, but “Long Strange Trip” is perhaps the most detailed. [The New York Times]

• Television is dissecting so many comedians’ psyches that it risks killing the genre. [The New York Times]

• Here are Orange County’s 10 best burgers. [Orange County Register]

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