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Ten arrested in budget protest at Calif. Capitol

Published On: Jun 12 2012 04:48:46 PM CDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

Ten people have been arrested at the state Capitol in Sacramento during a protest over proposed state budget cuts.

The protesters locked arms and refused to move from the entrance to Gov. Jerry Brown's office on Tuesday, prompting California Highway Patrol officers to move in and arrest them one-by-one.

Hundreds of supporters chanted "Hey, hey, ho, ho, these budget cuts have got to go," as each arrested person was led away.

They are protesting the Democratic governor's proposal to cut $225 million from the state's In-Home Supportive Services program, which provides care for the sick and disabled in their homes.

The state Senate and Assembly were meeting Tuesday to take up budget proposals from legislative Democrats. Lawmakers face a Friday deadline to pass a budget or risk losing their pay.