Friday Must Read: Brown Proposes to Slash Social Safety Net; Occupy Protesters Barred from Oakland City Hall

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Governor Jerry Brown is proposing to shred California’s social safety net — even if voters approve his tax proposal in November, HealthyCal.org reports. If voters turn down his tax plan, then the state will have to dramatically slash funding to K-12 education as well. The governor is proposing deep cuts to welfare, MediCal, and home-based services for the disabled that would be enacted regardless of whether his tax plan passes or not. As a result, Brown’s proposed budget raises questions as to whether his tax-the-rich proposal goes far enough. Other tax tax-the-rich plans for the November ballot would raise more funds than Brown’s and likely would result in fewer service cuts for the poor.

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