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Governor’s representative concedes budget cuts social services

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The budget deal Sacramento lawmakers and Governor Schwarzenegger are trying to complete will include cuts to medical insurance for poor children and to in-home care for elderly and disabled Californians, says the governor’s spokesman Aaron McLear.

Aaron McLear: "The governor proposed eliminating those programs, the Democrats did not feel comfortable doing that, and so we compromised by saying, you can reform those programs, save $1.4 billion by making them run more efficiently, rooting out some fraud.

"So the reforms are going to save some money for those programs, but with a 27 percent drop in revenue for the state, those programs and programs all across the state are going to get cut."

McLear and lawmakers told KPCC’s "Patt Morrison" that the compromise budget probably will not eliminate any state programs.