Low-income patients rally against funding cuts

June 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
State budget cuts are threatening to leave thousands of low-income HIV and AIDS patients without medication. Wednesday, patients and activists converged on Sacramento to tell the governor and lawmakers, that little bit of savings simply is not worth the risk.

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The governor's latest budget proposal includes $80 million in cuts to aids services; $12 million of that is spent buying aids medicine for the poor.

Also Wednesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger warned that if there is no budget deal by the end of the month he will not approve any short term borrowing to keep California from running out of cash.

The governor wants Californians to report any waste in state spending they might come across. He has put a new "Waste Watchers" page on his Web site at wastewatchers.ca.gov

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