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Which Programs Will Get the Money? / Соцпрограммы
Read Соцпрограммы State of California. Memo from the Governor’s Office (17 July 2012)

TO: California Office of Management and Budget (COMB)
FROM: Michael Holmquist, Governor
SUBJECT: $500,000 Surplus

The State of California has an extra $500,000 this year. I am going to use this money to help the citizens of our state. As you know, the state government reduced taxes last year. Many state programs stopped and others became smaller. For this and other reasons, my office received many requests for money.
Study the following requests. Make your suggestions. Remember, I want to return all $500,000 to the people.

Governor, State of California
Decide and Write 1. Winters, California (population (pop.) 23,000) Senior Citizens’ Center
Amount wanted: $87,000

Reason: The Winters Senior Citizens’ Center is very old, and it is in bad condition. We need to build a new one. There are over 5000 senior citizens in Winters.

Amount of money to give:
____________________________________________________________
Why:
____________________________________________________________

2. Davis, California (pop. 45,000) City Council
Amount wanted: $75,000

Reason: Our city always thinks about energy conservation. We want to build a new solar-heated swimming pool ($45,000) and a new train system ($30,000). The city will save $40,000 a year with these improvements.

Amount of money to give:
____________________________________________________________
Why:
____________________________________________________________

3. State of California Legislature (120 members)
Amount wanted: $150,000

Reason: We need a raise. Our salary of $40,000 a year is not enough to live on. We need a raise of $1250 a year because of inflation.

Amount of money to give:
____________________________________________________________
Why:
____________________________________________________________

4. Los Angeles, California (pop. 3,500,000) Public Works Department
Amount wanted: $200,000

Reason: Many people in the ghettoes of Los Angeles don’t have jobs (35%). Most teenagers do not have jobs, and so robbery is increasing. We will use the money to give jobs to teenagers.

Amount of money to give:
____________________________________________________________
Why:
____________________________________________________________

5. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California (pop. 45,000) Beachfront Commission
Amount wanted: $75,000

Reason: In January, a big oil ship sank near our beautiful beach (the most beautiful in California). One hundred thousand gallons of oil filled the ocean and covered the beach. Thousands of birds and fish died. We need the money to clean up the mess.

Amount of money to give:
____________________________________________________________
Why:
____________________________________________________________

6. San Luis Obispo, California (pop. 85,000) Police Department
Amount wanted: $75,000

Reason: Crime is growing in our city. In 1986, five people were murdered; in 1988, 26 citizens were murdered. We need the money to hire two new policemen ($60,000) and to buy one new police car ($15,000).

Amount of money to give:
____________________________________________________________
Why:
____________________________________________________________

7. San Francisco, California (pop. 750,000) Health Department
Amount wanted: $500,000

Reason: San Francisco has the largest population of AIDS patients in the United States. Between 1987 and 1989, over 3000 San Franciscans died because of AIDS. We need the money to help stop the epidemic.

Amount of money to give:
____________________________________________________________
Why:
____________________________________________________________
Extend 1. What are the three most important jobs of a state government?

2. Should a government give jobs to people?

3. Is it better to have a large or a small national government? Why, or why not?

4. What is the best way for a government to fight crime?
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