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ANALYSIS OF THE GOVERNOR’S MAY REVISION OF THE
2007-2008 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released his May Revision to the 2007-08 State budget
proposal on May 14th. The “May Revise” is a revision of the Governor’s January proposal and
includes updated expense and revenue information for the state. There are five key items that
will affect the Southeast Asian community in California:
1. The Governor proposes increased spending for Limited English Proficient (LEP)
communities in California in education, but not in civil courts.
Approximately 59% of Southeast Asians in California are LEP.
LEP parents will benefit from the proposed re-appropriation of $500,000 for
statewide translations of educational notices from school districts.
There are no proposed cuts to the CA Department of Education’s
Clearinghouse of Multilingual Documents. This clearinghouse allows for
schools to share translated educational materials with other schools so that
these may be distributed to LEP parents.
There are no funds allocated to provide interpreters in civil courts, only
2. The Governor proposes to cut $123.6 million in funding and eliminates $315 million
in cash assistance to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids
(CalWORKS) program. Nearly 200,000 children in the CalWORKS program will be
Hmong, Cambodian, and Laotian have the highest poverty rates in California
among the Asian Pacific American community.
A new shorter time limit for parents to find work has been proposed as well as
imposing sanctions on children whose parents did not meet specified
The cost of living adjustment (COLA) for CalWORKS is also