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Mar 1, 2010 7:07 PM

Calif. continues cuts for developmentally disabled

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a budget-related bill that continues a spending cut for programs that assist the disabled.

The state Senate passed the legislation Monday after it was approved last week in the Assembly.

The bill continues a 3 percent reduction for provider reimbursements at the Department of Developmental Services. It will affect 21 regional centers that care for the developmentally disabled.

The move is expected to save $61 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1. That reduction represents just a fraction of California's $20 billion budget deficit.

Lawmakers have yet to finish voting on several other budget bills, including those that are designed to increase revenue.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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