Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took President Donald Trump to task for his budget plan, specifically for the cuts to after-school programs.
Trump has proposed cutting the $1.2 billion that funds the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program as part of the 13.5% cut in the education budget.
“Why would he do that?” Schwarzenegger said. “Why would he want to balance the budget on the backs of those kids? Kids are the most vulnerable citizens. Kids are our future.
Schwarzenegger takes pics w/kids who take part in after-school programs before blasting Trump’s proposed $ cuts. pic.twitter.com/usyP7BwPQE
— Seema Mehta (@LATSeema) April 5, 2017
The former governor was speaking at the National After-School at the University of Southern California’s Schwarzenegger Institute. In 2002, Schwarzenegger was the force behind California’s Proposition 49, a successful proposal that funds after-school programs and that helped launch the actor’s gubernatorial bid in 2003.
As a backer of such programs, Schwarzenegger has talked about how they keep students active and out of trouble. Yesterday, he again argued that after-school programming is an effective cost-savings measure: “Everyone that is smart knows … that for every dollar you spend in an after-school program, you save $3-$6 down the line.”
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