Thanks to some creative budget maneuvering, this year’s budget cuts have granted a temporary stay for many city and county services.

From the Los Angeles Daily News:

County Department of Public Social Services Director Phillip Browning said he was relieved the final state budget doesn’t eliminate the CalWORKS welfare program or make large cuts in the In-Home Supportive Services program as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger originally proposed.

Although the county expects to lose a total of $89 million in funding, Browning said his department “escaped a real bullet.”

The county initially feared it could lose as much as $1.5 billion.

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