budget cuts http://kvpr.org en Brown Won't Rule Out Future Budget Cuts if Prop 30 Passes http://kvpr.org/post/brown-wont-rule-out-future-budget-cuts-if-prop-30-passes <p>From the moment he took office at the start of last year, Governor Jerry Brown has told California voters the state needs new revenue.&nbsp; But his November tax initiative, Proposition 30, faces strong opposition on several fronts and is hovering at around 50 percent support in the polls.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Brown sat down with reporter Ben Adler Thursday in Sacramento to talk about the impact of Prop 30’s passage or failure on next year’s budget.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:54:34 +0000 Ben Adler 5706 at http://kvpr.org Brown Won't Rule Out Future Budget Cuts if Prop 30 Passes Community Rallies as State Park Faces Threat of Closure http://kvpr.org/post/community-rallies-state-park-faces-threat-closure <p>Many of California&rsquo;s state parks were saved from closing this year thanks to operating agreements with nonprofits and private organizations. &nbsp;Others are on the rocks &ndash; or narrowly avoided closure, like Benicia State Recreation Area, which we heard about yesterday. &nbsp;But one state park in Nevada County offers quite a different story. As Amy Quinton reports in the second of our two-part series, the entire community pulled together to save South Yuba River State Park.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:31:28 +0000 Amy Quinton 609 at http://kvpr.org Court closures expected to hurt rural communities http://kvpr.org/post/court-closures-expected-hurt-rural-communities <p>California&rsquo;s budget problems have put a strain on all state departments - including local county courts. Valley Public Radio&#39;s Gabriela Ornelas tells us how Fresno County residents may find getting to a courtroom much more difficult in the coming weeks.<br /> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 02:05:06 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 248 at http://kvpr.org Court closures expected to hurt rural communities Teacher Layoff Law, Prospect of Cuts Pose Challenge For Districts http://kvpr.org/post/teacher-layoff-law-prospect-cuts-pose-challenge-districts <p>Last month, when California lawmakers passed a new state budget, they also passed a bill prohibiting local school districts from laying off teachers. Backers, including the California Teachers Association, say that the law protects students from class size increases and will save teacher jobs. School districts say it ties their hands, especially with the prospect of a midyear $1.5 billion funding cut if revenues fall short of projections. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 01:25:10 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 782 at http://kvpr.org School Nurse Programs Suffer With Budget Cuts http://kvpr.org/post/school-nurse-programs-suffer-budget-cuts <p>When we hear about budget problems in California schools, we usually think of teachers losing their jobs. But school nurses are also worried about job security and cuts to student health services. In this report, FM89 health correspondent Shellie Branco&nbsp;talks with school nurses and one Visalia family who relies on them.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 01:30:15 +0000 Shellie Branco 1799 at http://kvpr.org Chowchilla Faces Financial Crisis http://kvpr.org/post/chowchilla-faces-financial-crisis <p>California&#39;s cities have been hit hard in recent years. The housing bust, the economic downturn, and perennial state budget crises are just a few of the factors that have helped batter the balance sheets of municipalities up and down the Golden state. Valley cities are no exception, especially given the region&rsquo;s perennially high levels of unemployment, even in so called &quot;good&quot; times. Many large cities, like Fresno have been forced to make drastic cuts to city services, and have been forced to lay off hundreds of employees. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 01:36:17 +0000 Tracey Scharmann 784 at http://kvpr.org Budget Cuts Hit County Mental Health Program http://kvpr.org/post/budget-cuts-hit-county-mental-health-program <p>As California&rsquo;s counties face increasing budget pressures, programs that aid those with mental illness have been reduced or eliminated. In Fresno County, patients who used to be treated in the county&rsquo;s Crisis Intervention Service program are now being sent to area hospital emergency rooms, with serious consequences for patients and the public. Correspondent Shellie Branco reports on the state of mental health services in the Valley.</p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:19:58 +0000 Shellie Branco 1798 at http://kvpr.org