“Consider this partial list of the governorâ€™s proposed cuts to health and humans services:
Â· Elimination of the CalWORKs program;
Â· Elimination of the Healthy Families Program;
Â· Eliminating certain Medi-Cal state-only programs;
Â· Elimination of community based services programs at the Department of Aging;
Â· Eliminate State funding for Community Care Licensing;
Â· Elimination of remaining General Fund for Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health;
Â· Elimination of funding for community clinic programs, such as Rural Health Services and the Seasonal and Agricultural and Migratory work programs;
Â· Elimination of funding for drug treatment programs established by the voters through Proposition 36;
Â· Reducing in-home supportive services eligibility and care provider pay;
Â· Reducing funding for foster care rates; and
Â· Reducing SSI/SSP monthly payments benefiting the aged and disabled to the minimum allowed under federal law.
“All of us know someone who will be affected by these cuts. This is not just a matter of balancing the stateâ€™s books. For some Californians, it is a matter of life and death.
“A society in crisis should not throw women, children, and seniors overboard first.”
Impact of Governorâ€™s Proposed Health and Human Services Cuts, Budget Blog, by Assemblymember Noreen Evans, May 27, 2009 (also see Noreen Explains the Budget Crisis)
I think what you mean, Assemblymember Evans, is that a civilized society in crisis should not throw women, children, and seniors-who-didn’t-buy-their-home-in-the-1950-70s overboard first. We’re talking about California, not, y’know, something civilized.
By the way, when you run for higher office, Noreen, I’m sending you some money.