Californians Balk at Cutting Youth Program

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Californians voted overwhelmingly last month against a state proposition that would have diverted childhood development funding to help balance the state’s $42 billion budget shortfall.

The proposition, which received a “no” from 65.8 percent of voters, called for shifting a total of about $1.7 billion over the next five years from the voter-approved, tobacco tax-funded California Children and Families Program to the state’s general fund.