After months of committee hearings, public input, and behind-the-scenes negotiations, Governor Brown signed the 2012-13 California budget on Wednesday, June 27th. The signed budget closes an estimated $15.7 billion gap through a combination of cuts and revenue projections.
While cuts impacted state workers, welfare, childcare and other areas, funding for the Caregiver Resource Centers and the IHSS Domestic & Related Services benefit remain intact!
Both were targeted for elimination in the Governor’s original budget. However, countless concerned families and advocates wrote letters, made calls, and stormed the Capitol at Advocacy Day to demand their elected officials Stand With Caregivers by opposing these irresponsible proposals. As budget discussions continued, it became clear that elected officials heard our families loud and clear, as they rejected the proposals in both the Assembly and Senate.
The Governor also heard our voices, and ultimately sided with the Legislature by signing the budget without his proposed cuts.
Additionally, the signed budget extends the 3.6 percent reduction to IHSS hours. While this is not ideal, it is smaller in scope than the Governor’s original proposal to cut hours by 7 percent.
The protection of funding for the Caregiver Resource Centers and Domestic & Related Services benefit shows that advocates do make a difference. Thank you to each and every one of you who helped ensure these vital resources continue to be available to our families.