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Lawmaker wants to cut off Berkeley funds

February 8, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A Republican state lawmaker wants to cut off more than $3 million in state funding from Berkeley to punish the city for its stance against Marine recruiting.Republican Assemblyman Guy Houston of San Ramon says he plans to introduce legislation to withhold state transportation money until Berkeley rescinds its "war on the U.S. Marine Corps."

The move mirrors an effort by several Republican Congressmen to cut off $2.3 million in federal funding after the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution opposing the Marines' downtown recruiting center.

Legislation to withhold government funds are largely symbolic and have little chance of passing.

Still, next week Berkeley council members will consider rescinding the Marines' declaration to defuse the controversy.


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