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|How Gov. Jerry Brown's revision of the state budget could affect San Joaquin County|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:40|
By The Record Staff
»Juvenile justice: The Division of Juvenile Justice would continue to operate, but its budget would be cut by $24.8 million. Stockton is home to two of California's juvenile facilities - N.A. Chaderjian and O.H. Close. The governor is proposing to charge counties $24,000 per year for each person committed to a state juvenile justice center.
» Courthouse construction: The governor proposes a one-year freeze on new construction projects. It is unclear how plans for a new 13-story, $273 million Superior Court structure in downtown Stockton will be affected, Presiding Judge Dave Warner said. "Originally, we thought our worst-case situation was a $4.4 million hit," Warner said. "I know this is bigger; I just don't know to what extent." He said he would know more by Thursday.
» Health and human services: "I was not expecting it to be good news - and it wasn't - but I also understand that the budget needs to be balanced," County Administrator Manuel Lopez said. "When you have a $16 billion deficit, something has to be given up."
» San Joaquin General Hospital: A reduction in hospital grant money could hurt funding.
» Agriculture: The governor is recommending cuts that could impact the county's pest-eradication efforts.
CalWORKS: The governor's revised budget includes large cuts to the state's welfare-to-work program, which provides cash assistance as well as support services, such as child care. In San Joaquin County CalWORKS is roughly a $100 million program, providing assistance to 38,000 people.