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State Senate leader pitches plan to shift services to counties

Jun 22, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
The proposal would shift responsibility — and funding — for public safety, welfare and health services off the state's books. Higher taxes would pay for the plan, which Republicans won't support.

With 10 days to go until the new fiscal year and little sign of a budget breakthrough, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) announced a plan Monday to get California out of the business of providing billions of dollars worth of public safety, welfare and health services, instead giving counties the money to run those programs.

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