Democrats pass state budget, More work ahead

On June 15, Democrats in the Senate passed a $92 billion state budget 23-16. Democrats in the Assembly also passed the measure, 50-25. No Republicans voted for the spending plan.

But more negotiations are ahead. Lawmakers only passed the main budget and did not send the Governor most of the bills that include proposals on cutting services and raising revenues. Gov. Brown has 12 days to veto or approve the budget.

Members of our home care coalition (Healthy at Home) applauded the legislature for protecting home care services in the spending plan. The budget rejects half of a 7% across-the-board cut to home care hours as well as the elimination of domestic and related services for home care recipients.

The Democrat’s budget plan largely matches the Governor’s proposed budget, but Democrats are calling for using more state reserves to help maintain services.

The budget also supports the Governor’s revenue proposal that calls for the wealthiest to pay their fair share of taxes in order to protect our services.

It’s time we break the cycle
California’s vital public services are constantly facing massive budget cuts. The very wealthy are not paying their fair share of taxes. If we don’t raise new revenues, children, the elderly, struggling families, and people with disabilities will pay the price.

That’s why we need to pass the Governor’s revenue proposal in November. It will allow the wealthiest to pay their fair share and help raise the revenue needed to protect our services.

Matt Nathanson“In November we have a unique opportunity to approve new revenues in California and overcome the budget gridlock in Sacramento. For the first time in years, there is a solution that doesn’t just rely on cuts to schools, to health care, and to services in our communities. As public service workers we must get active this fall and work to bring funding back into our communities.”
— Matt Nathanson, Region 2 Vice President , 521 Pension Committee Chair

Take action:
Vote in November to support the Governor’s revenue proposal. It requires Californians who are very wealthy — and who can most afford it — to step up and pay their fair share.

Call your state legislator and say:
“Years of deep cuts have battered the public services we all depend on. Constant cuts are not the solution. We also need to raise more revenue to maintain our services for future generations. It’s time to ask those who continue to profit in this tough economy to invest in California’s comeback.”
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